Myra Hindley and Mohammed

“They used to hang killers on the gallows. Now they hang them in the gallery,” For more on Myra, see my previous post.

When serial killer Myra Hindley’s portrait by Marcus Harvey was hung by the Royal Gallery (with children’s fingerprints making up the composition of her face), it was attacked with ink and egg and defended bymyra1 the art establishment.  When the Virgin Mary was portrayed with cut outs of pornographic pictures and elephant dung by Chris Ofili, (the latter to represent the political views of Post-Colonial Africa) and the artist gained notoriety from a failed lawsuit by Giuliani and Ofili ensconced himself as a darling in the British art establishment.  Both Harvey and Ofili profited in the art world by creating sensational shocking depictions. Yet when artists criticize or satirize the prophet Mohammed, they get a Fatwah put on them and we don’t exactly see the art academy or anyone else rushing to their defense BEFORE they are killed. I would like to see the “shocking” and “so brave” Young British Artists to address topics that should have notoriety, such as the oppression, mutilation and killing of women and gays by Islam, the violence of ISIS, and human trafficking.

About kinneret

Hello, and welcome. I'm writing this blog under an alias. Why an alias? I started to write what may be described as an "American Gothic" novel (sort of Henry James/ Franz Kafka with violence) with some autobiographical details. ..when I started this blog I just decided to use the alias. This blog is about art and art history, but my interests also include literature, film analysis, psychology, forensic psychology, faerie tale analysis, cognitive therapy, cognitive linguistics, classical theater, World War II, and Russian and British history. My favorite writers include Kafka, the Brontes, and Philip K Dick. Thank you for reading this blog and I will happily reply to any comments.
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2 Responses to Myra Hindley and Mohammed

  1. thefeatheredsleep says:

    Pretty sad to glamorize but not unexpected

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