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bastard.logic: Provocation, Appropriation, and That Blackface Clitoridectomy Cake

Here’s an idea for truly provocative art. No more male artists, black or white, speaking for African women. No more ever-more-graphic ever-more-voyeuristic art on the suffering of African women. Stop using the female African body as raw material to be worked – unless you happen to live in one. Then, notice that African women are making their own work about their lives and struggles. Look. Listen. Learn.

Shailja Patel, ‘The missing ingredient in Sweden’s racist-misogynist cake’

h/t Blind Man With A Pistol

Related: T.F. Charlton & Ako Jacintho debate the meaning of the installation — on multiple levels;

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Art Threat: Cake art gets Kony’d – Social media facilitates another political misunderstanding

The Swedish Minister of Culture, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, was presented a cake at an event that many have decried as racist – understandably when one takes a first glance at the thing. The story and ensuing outrage has gone viral, with accusations of racism flying faster than homophobic comments from Rick Santorum. The whole thing is reminiscent of the recent Kony 2012 viral video and of the ways in which we engage with social media in general. More than once I’ve clicked a link, sometimes even adding my own disgust to a public outcry over something that seems terribly unjust

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