Spain: Artist gets threats after eating Qur’an

Those who are threatening Abel Azcona should lighten up. He just wanted to digest the Qur’an’s lessons and draw nourishment from their wisdom. “Spanish Artist Receives Threats After Eating Koran,” by
Cheradenine Zakalwe for Islam Versus Europe, January 22:

The
Navarran artist Abel Azcona, international exponent of performance art,
is receiving threats because of his work “Eating a Koran”, in which he
eats pages from the book sacred to Muslims.

The piece forms part of an invetigation [sic] project initiated during a
residency on the topic of religious fundamentalism and the need to
“nourish ourselves with fiction, lies and fear”. Specifically, this
project consists of an installation, a performance and a video work, in
which the artist eats a copy of the Koran over eight hours as a critique
of religious radicalism. “I believe in freedom of expression,
provocation and artistic freedom, and I will certainly continue doing so
today, tomorrow and always,” comments Abel Azcona, who has been
threated by anonymous letters, emails and SMS.

“I believe in art as a critical tool and to create debate about the
politics of identity”, adds the Navarran artist, who has received
criticism ever since he started in performance art, “but they will never
change my way of thinking and working; what’s more, the threats clarify
my path, and I know that I am in the right.” For that reason he will go
on using art “as a critical weapon for whoever wants to feel it and
listen to it.”

Source: Deia.com H/T: Maria José

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  1. says

    This “performance” has been done before….

    [Narrated ‘Aisha] “The verse of the stoning and of suckling an adult ten times were revealed, and they were (written) on a paper and kept under my bed. When the messenger of Allah expired and we were preoccupied with his death, a goat entered and ate away the paper.”

  2. says

    Where are all the intelligentsia, art mavens, literati, and illiterately uncritical art critics (of the West, of course) who have for decades fawned over the likes of Mapplethorpe (coffee-table photography of underage boys posing as Art), Andres Serrano (the Piss Christ exhibit), Chris Ofili (the elephant dung Virgin Mary exhibit), “performance artist” Karen Finley (whose exhibitionist exhibit was to cover her naked body in chocolate and who once on the Bill Maher show praised a recent show of “performance art” she saw that consisted entirely of a naked black man maintaining an erection for hours), Christo & Jeanne-Claude (whose staff spent exorbitant amounts of money wrapping public places in colorful paper — elevating child-like precocity to the sublime heights of asinine childishness funded by millionaires); not to mention among many others we could name, the derivative hack Basquiat, and the king of shit art Andy Warhol — now that they have an artist in Abel Azcona putting his life on the line for the freedom of anti-establishment expression that is the very heart of post-post-modern Art?

    Does there exist an exhibit somewhere in the empty halls of a gallery where the rooms and walls are utterly bare, where it is mostly dark with indirect lighting seeping in from the utility closet, and where the visitor can only hear sounds of the wind and crickets chirping…? Call that piece, The Answer to Your Good Question.

  3. says

    Two words…Food Poisoning.

    Interesting and very unusual (in the best possible way) idea for photographic art, personally would never do that for fear of what it would do to my stomach but definitely more power to him. I hope it didn’t cause the artist any stomach aches…and has made an invest in some stylish Kevlar or something similar.

    As for the Islamofascists, all I have to say is GROW UP! The rest of us have to put up with artists putting in their two cents about our religions…ain’t nothing sacred to artists. If its that offensive, in the civilize world either we mount letter writing campaigns and “trolling” or we all point and laugh (either literally or in the art critic pages)…but I know that the Mohammedins aren’t part of the civilized world.

  4. says

    Ohhhhh! GROaaaNNN!

    You beat me to it! I was already composing [pun alert!…wondering just how the composting! would’ve worked itself out!…..]

    Ok Ok Ok …I ducking, no more shoes, please!..