milano: the art of decapitation?

Posted on April 5, 2006

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by zoomata 

Oriana Fallaci, the intrepid Italian journalist and war reporter, recently made waves again, this time in the Milanese art world, when she became the subject of  a portrait dubbed "West, West". The portrait, by Italian Giuseppe Veneziano, is unflattering, to say the least. Nicole Martinelli, over at Zoomata has the scoop:

A portrait of combative, former-combat journalist Oriana Fallaci sans head went up recently in Milan. Dubbed “Decapitated Oriana” by the papers, protesters picketed the gallery where it is part of a show by artist Giuseppe Veneziano. The picketers were from a conservative group called “Italia con Oriana” (Italy with Oriana), ostensibly to protect her against this artistic violence…

She floats, as if a weight from her shoulders has been lifted. Those eyes though, bordered by a trademark flip of black eyeliner, still gaze fiercely. Her neck trails off in a bloody cascade.

The picketers were from a conservative group called “Italia con Oriana” (Italy with Oriana), ostensibly to protect her against this artistic violence. It seems her post 9/11 banshee wail against Islam, “The Rage and the Pride,” has made her an involuntary poster girl for anti-Islam sentiment. A flyer handed out in front of the gallery reportedly said, “This is only a picture…but the Muslims really do cut heads off. We must defend ourselves from these barbarisms, defend our civilization.”

Zoomata has the full story.

 

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