Paris Attacks Could Draw Attention to Art Deemed Critical of Islam

Wednesday’s shooting at the magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris struck some of France’s best known satirical cartoonists, exposing a risk very few in the elite echelons of the art world have been eager to take.

Charlie Hebdo had drawn attention and sometimes criticism in recent years with a string of cartoon covers ridiculing religious bigotry and Islamist fundamentalism in particular.

“People are scared of being killed,” London-based artist George Passmore told the Journal in an interview last August. “The idea of confronting Christian values in art has been going on for hundreds of years, but it’s still so new to confront radical Islam in art.”

Passmore, part of the artistic duo Gilbert & George, have been breaking that taboo in the past few years through shows of digitally manipulated photographs exploring Europe’s debate over banning burkas, the Islamic garment, in public.

The two men came to prominence through artwork in the 1980s that focused on explicit homosexual themes, later switching to art addressing Islamism. Many of their photographs are taken in their formerly homogenous London neighborhood, which in recent years has become a place where many British-born women wear full black burkas, they say…

  • winniec

    Once the West loses its fear of the this Death Cult, it will be finished…like the Wizard of Oz.

  • Islam is nothing but fear. Fear of unseen jihadis and the actions they may take.

    It is the same for Muslims and non-Muslims alike when it comes to bad mouthing the child pedophile Mohammad.

    Read how the fear is generated at:

  • winniec

    I hope this artist’s wish comes true. In the meantime, whenever you pass Muslim supremacists, show them your pen!

  • occupant 9

    Hmm, seems obvious that Muslims are unable to live in free society.

    So, for the authorities, the obvious solution is to “fundamentally transform” our civilization into Mogadishu.

    Remember, under Harper, a record of nearly 300,000 newcomers, mostly from the worst places on earth, became full citizens of Canada, last year alone. And last I heard, taxpayers were losing 2 billion+ on these “economic” newcomers, per year.

    Other than birthrate, there’s nothing they bring we can use, and with that birthrate, we lose.

    This is how someone plans to save Canada.