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"...What I tell you three times is true" (Lewis Carroll, "Hunting of the Snark" ).

Masochism vs Taboo art

The process againts curators of the exhibition Taboo-Art 2006 is going on for already two years. It was an exhibition, which was considered by the religious cociety as offensive one. The problem is that a part of Russian society in all seriousness supposes that curators of such exhibition (where Judas kisses Mickey Mouse) should spend three years behind the bars. I would like to discuss it here, because I think it is a symptom, that Russian society, which is trying to be healthy and civilized, has chosen ill methods. And that has lost all its sense of humour if ever had it. It looks like recent cartoon scandal that makes to associate Russia with Middle East countries and makes me sad.

An exhibition of Taboo-Art 2006 consisted of collages, looking like pictures we all were drawing at school when the lessons were boring. There were typical bad-taste collages and pictures.

Moreover, curators have provided explications and false walls with holes, for looking at the exponates through them. Among the works are Jesus Christ with Mickey Mouse's face, being kissed by Judas, crucified Lenin, a girl wearing mini skirt and bomber's belt. Her face is covered, only crazy eyes look at you. There is also an icon frame full with black caviar instead of painted Our Lady. The problem is that some people, but why some? - many enough people believing they are god-believers came there and saw each artifact and, as a result, were abused very-very much. They came in spite of everything including the title of exhibition, the explications, the walls with holes, associating with spying and voyeurism. Everyone has ever heard about masochism, but it is already the second time for Russia when a group masochism was recongized as a reason for punishment of the people who created objects, somebody found abusing (There was one more precedent like this, with the Erofeev's exhibition "Attention! Religion!").

Russia is a multicultural country, and spokesmen of different confessions have expressed themselves on this subject. The Moslems representative said that curators of the exhibition Andrey Erofeev and Yury Samodurov are worth three years in prison settlement, and a rather big part of our polyconfessional society has the same opinion. Three years for organizing an exhibition! They are accused in kindling hatred and ecpecially religious hatred for the pictures, by the way, not very good ones.

They are funny, sometimes provoking stupid but not much more. Orthodoxes said that a considerable money fine would be enough and demonstrated satisfaction that it was a precedent, that such exhibitions are censored. The Jews said that three years isn't good enough, but money fine would be enough. Different people still express themselves, and the opinions vary from inarticulate thunders and personal abuses to Samodurov and Erofeev, to ones considering the precedent of court and guilty verdict as a shame for the country and it reflects badly on Russia's image (others believe such exhibitions reflect its image badly).

I think it is a symptom that the society is ill, and the illness is lack of the self-respect and and sense of humour. A pair of Mickey Mouses fans such flame as it would be something really serious. The world is black and white in abuse-seeking eyes and they know only two opinions: their and a false one. And they look for that they do not like through the holes in the walls. And they have their damned right to see the world black and white. I do not have anything against the fact that such world view exists. I do not have anything against the priests and different confessions. But I an an art historian, as Erofeev (by the way, I deal with Russian medieval icon), and I have my own world view. I do not go to the places I don't like. And I am definitely sure, that expressing your opinion and world view and pushing your opinion and world view upon everybody are not the same. By the way, the exhibition was not in the church. The visitors were warned by explications. The pictues were covered with walls! Well, the abused persons should have done much to see abusing unholy images. In my honest opinion, behaving like this is nothing but masochism. But now they want curators to be hurted.

What about sense of humour, what else should be told about the people, who go to law from a gallery, about the prosecutor, who considered it, who found them Mickey Mouse guilty, about the people, anathematizing curators in court hall, about me, writing about that with such a serious mine.

All in all, it is a good lesson for us. Something is rotten in the 21th century state of Russian Federation, where the church is teaching intoleracy, and not the things indentified as moral virtues. The problem is not that many people like such old-school institute as Christian Church, the problem is that they believe they are always right because of that. We all look like guy thinking he is cool because he listens very old bands.

With best atheistic regards, thinking about her professional perspectives.

Yulia Buzykina

P.S. The process has not yet finished.

July 14, 2010 15:01

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