León Ferrari - La Civilización occidental y Cristiana

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    “[…] with these words, I aspire […] to pass judgment on nothing less than Western, Christian civilization. Because I believe that our civilization is approaching the highest degree of barbarity ever recorded in history. Because it seems to me that for the first time in history, all the conditions of barbarity has come together: the richest and most powerful countries is invading one of the least developed; it tortures the inhabitants, photographs the torture, publishes the photographs in its newspaper, and no one says anything. Hitler still had the modesty to hide his tortures; Johnson has gone further: He shows them. The difference between them reflects the differences in the responsibilities of their respective populations: The Germans could say that they didn’t know what was happening in Hitler’s concentration camps: but we, civilized Christians: we can’t say that.

    For we see the faces of the tortured ones everyday in our newspaper, the same newspapers that talk to us about freedom and human rights […].

    Those photographs and the passivity of the citizens of the west are the symbols of our advanced barbarity. […]

    I cannot comment on the formal value of these works. All I ask of art is that it helps me say what I think with the greatest possible clarity, to invent the visual signs that will allow me to condemn with the great possible efficiency the barbarity of the west. It is possible that someone will show me that this is not art; I would have no problem, I would change course, change the name of what I do: I would cross out art and call it politics, corrosive criticism, whatever”.

    -León Ferrari, La respuesta del artista,
    in “Propositis”, Buenos Aires, 7 October 1965; Translated by Marguerite Feitlowitz, in León Ferrari. Retrospectiva. Obras 1954-2004, Buenos Aires, Centro Cultural Recoleta and Malba Andra Giunta Ed., 2004.
    think with the senses feel with the mind, art in the present tense. Published by Marsilio, 2007 (p94)
    Venice Biennial 2007

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    1. noqontrol 92 months ago | reply

      a real treat...bravo!

    2. délicat [deleted] 92 months ago | reply

      This is stunning art work. I haven't seen anything so different in such a long time. 'Syo's words exactly portray what I'm thinking, but I see another image thru this. Forgottten religion, and discarded humanity...

    3. Thursd@y 92 months ago | reply

      art show or war show?!

      I know that art is peace

      art is an international language

      art is life

      I've seen very strabge art works past 5 years

      every artist trying to to be different by his work also, to attract people by mixing up strange materials

      personally, I don't call it an art at all

      let me call it: " materials game "

      Iam not into art however, as a photographer I can give my opinions

      sorry about that

      thanks Lateefa for bringing this up

      enjoy it


    4. E r n 91 months ago | reply

      i love this and all..
      did u mean civilización ?

    5. Lateefa 91 months ago | reply

      @ Henry, yes, thats my typo mistake, thank you for pointing it out.

    6. *abro* 91 months ago | reply

      Thank you Lateefa for shaing these work of arts and very important text to understand it! Great!

    7. raysto 91 months ago | reply

      so simple and very powerful

    8. ~Aphrodite 91 months ago | reply

      I love this piece and the statement with it. So powerful, so necessary- so ignored.

    9. David Lewis-Baker 91 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm admin for a group called War and Memory in Art and Photography, and I would love to have your piece and any others dealing with war and memory added to the group.

    10. Ms Entropy 90 months ago | reply

      Lateefa, this is fantastic. Thank you for posting. Also, thank you for your kind comments. A compliment from you is the highest honor. As always, I have infinite regard for your work :)

    11. deadboss 90 months ago | reply

      your work so strong and so satirically nice work. nice to see you on my page thank you

    12. Anas Bukhash (nascity) 90 months ago | reply

      Strong statement...& very creative...i like the concept...

    13. vabellon 89 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Pixel Lounge, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

      Brilliant picture!!!

      Please join us. We are a small and cozy group

    14. ∂нαвуαиι ℓαтєєиι [deleted] 88 months ago | reply

      amazing well done
      but care ...

    15. emiliocamarin 86 months ago | reply

      Hola, soy el administrador de un grupo llamado Realidad Ficticia y nos encantaría agregar tu foto al grupo.

    16. Shaian 51 months ago | reply

      just too good!

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