Via Tobias Hubinette:
Yet another white Swedish antiracist act - the Minister of Culture cuts up an African woman à la Sarah Baartman at the Museum of Modern Art here.
Recommended reading for context: “The Foundations of Whiteness,” which breaks down how Sweden’s (and other European countries’) ostensible Third World solidarity and antiracism actually goes hand in hand with white superiority and white homogeneity[…]
I hate all of their faces.
WHAT THE HOLY FUUUUCK?!!!
white people really are the sickest people on this planet. mind you, France still had Baartman’s genitals and brain on display until 1974, and didn’t return her remains to South Africa for a proper burial until 2002!
wow. barbarism at its finest. and white people wonder why we don’t trust them?? crazy ass sick shit like this!!
10 fucking years ago 10 fucking bloody years ago and they want to call us uncivilized.
Fuck you Sweden…
I feel so sick right now.
As a radical form of art, I understand its purpose. As a reality not too far from where we are, I think I’d like to wake up now.
Yeah, the artist is actually afro-swedish and it’s supposed to be commentary on Western ignorance of genital mutilation. When you compare it to their body of work, it’s pretty obvious that it was satirical. Linde’s saying this is how (White) Swedish people see FGM, and by association African people: inhuman. Some people ‘got’ that, a lot didn’t.
But you always run the risk of conceptual art being taken at face value. Especially if it’s ‘controversial’ because the media will divorce that one part from all of its original meaning. I mean, if you read 3 pages of a book, how can you say you know the whole story? The piece, in its original setting, was anti-racist.
To be honest, it’s kind of weird how excited people are to silence a black artist’s explanation of his own work. Especially when the piece was about the silencing of black voices in the first place. And I do get that some black women found it really triggering and I’m not saying anybody has to like it. I’m saying the lack of critical analysis being done here* is suspect.
* And I think this is a problem with analysis of black artists and art concerning blackness in general. It’s like people think we aren’t smart enough to contextualize our own art or some shit.