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Controversial 'Black Face' Cake In Sweden

Many called for the resignation of Swedish Minister of Culture, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, after seeing images of her cutting this cake at World Art Day April 15th 2012 (Moderna Museet Stockholm)...
The piece/performance was created by 'Afro-Swede' artist Makode Linde, who says its goal is actually to criticize 'Black face', and comment on female genital mutilation. 'The vastness of social media encourages misinterpretation', he told Al Jazeera.
What's your take? Shouldn't art be about spurring dialogue like this? Or is it just plain bad taste?

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Comment by Mamadoc on April 23, 2012 at 10:05am

very interesting Sedjro Mensah

Comment by Sedjro Mensah on April 22, 2012 at 3:44am

Though i am disgusted every time i see these pictures and that i cannot excuse the instrumentalization of women circumcision, i quite agree with ralliebox. In Sweden like in Austria where i live i don't like the way people are dealing with the topic of female circumcision, it's almost obsessive. I quote: " their (Swedish) campaign looks a little strange because they seem to believe so strongly in an issue that they're not actually in a position to do much about. Swedish society has very few interactions with African societies. The conversation within Sweden about African FGM can sometimes feel like it's more for the benefit of Swedes than it is for actual Africans.  
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/04/the-brilli...
And the enactement of eating the others is not just a coincidence: I quote again : "Bodily transcendence through sartorial and cosmetic play is enacted by the consumption of otherness – a “courageous consumption,” in Bell Hooks’ words – because it is about “conquering the fear [of racial difference] and acknowledging power. It is by eating the Other,” hooks explains, “that one asserts power and privilege.”
http://www.racialicious.com/2011/09/14/unintentionally-eating-the-o...

Comment by Ralliebox on April 22, 2012 at 12:14am

"It's also the sambo/savage portrayal of an African woman's face that is too repulsive to be excused on any level. " True Story

Comment by BK_Malik on April 22, 2012 at 12:03am

It's not only the mutilation image that is at issue here. It's also the sambo/savage portrayal of an African woman's face that is too repulsive to be excused on any level. There is nothing redeemable here, not even a purely artistic level.

Comment by Ralliebox on April 21, 2012 at 5:10pm

 I see it as repulsive from a 'Decendents" point of view. From an artist point of view though, it is a way to dipict and expose the grossly savage, ravenous, assimilating, destructive ((and everything Vile)) nature of those who are the power holders of this planet. "They laugh while their insatiable greed consumes their mother, careless of the consequence imposed on their own offspring " is a more fitting caption. Emotions could be blocking us from seeing the artists true intentions. I'm not defending him at all, I'm just saying look at this picture and how it exposes these fools. As far a mutilation it concerned, its in bad taste. But I believe thats the beauty and purpose of art. Gets folks talking.


Comment by BK_Malik on April 20, 2012 at 9:59pm

@ Mamadoc - I would like for him to take this exhibit to any African country and dare to ask the Minister of Arts to cut the clitoris in the first piece and have an audience with African women in it. I wonder if he would make it out of the country alive.

Comment by Mamadoc on April 20, 2012 at 9:56am

I'd really like to see him sit down with some women who have experienced genital mutilation and hopefully grow from the experience.

Comment by BK_Malik on April 19, 2012 at 10:35pm

The really sad thing about this story is that the artist who made the cake is an Afro-Swede that really doesn't have a clue that what he is doing is so wrong....

Comment by Mamadoc on April 19, 2012 at 5:09pm

I found this story that has a video interview with the artist http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/18/swedish-culture-ministe...

Comment by Ibrahcadabrah on April 19, 2012 at 5:00pm

I'm swedish-african and I'm ashamed about this. People here in Sweden often think we live in a progressive society without racism. But things like this happens often.


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