Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Rape = young, white, undeservedly privileged heterosexual males
Here's an artistic articulation of that attitude. In David LaChapelle's controversial "The Rape of Africa," based on Botticelli’s “Venus and Mars,” Africa, the beautiful continent, is represented by Naomi Campbell, and the piece suggests that she has been ravaged by white Europe. Europe, of course, is represented by a young, white male, snoozing carelessly while he is protected by three black boys who will do his dirty work. They are surrounded by treasures taken from the continent. Ms. Campbell is one of the treasures.
Posted by Archivist at Tuesday, January 04, 2011