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Published:November 11th, 2011 11:10 EST

Is A Video Depicting Ants Crawling Over A Crucifix Art?

By Robert Paul Reyes

"After the Catholic League and several members of Congress objected last year to a video by the artist David Wojnarowicz, the Smithsonian pulled the work from a large group show, "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture," at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. The video, "A Fire in My Belly," is again stirring up objections, this time from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, which objects to a sequence that shows ants crawling over a crucifix."


New York Times

A true artist will push the envelope, and his creations will sometimes make people confront the ugly side of human nature. I don`t condemn Wojnarowicz for the controversial aspect of his work, but for his lack of originality. There is nothing avant-garde about Wojnarowicz`s video, desecrating Jesus Christ is a cliche in the realm of art. In 1987 a photograph by artist Andres Serrano depicting a small plastic crucifix submerged in a glass of the artist`s urine shocked and scandalized the world of art. Wojnarowicz is only one of dozens of copycat artists who have created sacrilegious representations of Christ.

The late Wojnarowicz was quite simply a coward, he knew that Catholics and Protestants would protest his 3rd rate art, but they wouldn`t cut off his head. He was more than willing to mortify Christians, in a cheap bid for publicity.

If an artist really wants to push the envelope and suffer for his art, he should create a work of art that desecrates the Prophet Muhammad.

But of course, you won`t see any artist take that kind of a risk. I am not advocating that artists should mock or defile Jesus Christ or the Prophet Muhammad. I am merely pointing out the hypocrisy and cowardice of artists like Wojnarowicz.

The Catholic League would be well-advised to ignore cowards the likes of Wojnarowicz.

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