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Priscilla Frank is the Arts & Culture Editor of the Huffington Post. She studied Rhetoric at Berkeley and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Follow her @badgirlpripri.

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The Lisa Frank Adult Coloring Book Has Arrived -- And It's Only $3

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2016 | 10:20 AM


It seems like just June 27 when I first learned that a Lisa Frank adult coloring book was "coming soon," on its merry way to de-stressing cranky millennials around the globe with some black-and-white ballerina bunnies, frisky kitties and psychedelic dolphins.


And now, just like that,...

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예술에 대한 검열이 엉터리라는 사실을 인도의 고대 성애물로 증명했다

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 12:07 PM

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인도 경찰은 2015년에만 미혼이란 이유로 40쌍이 넘는 커플을 외설죄로 뭄바이 호텔에서 검거했다.


카주하로는 950년에서 1050년 사이에 인디아의 힌두교와 자이나교가 마디아프라데시(Madhya Pradesh)에 세운 사원을 의미한다. 85개가 당시에 건축됐는데, 22개밖에 남지 않았다.

그런데 이 신성한 사원들에는 카마수트라를 연상케 하는 성애물 이미지가 가득하다. 적나라한 성 체위에서 풍부한 몸매를 자랑하는 나체 여성의 모습까지 다양한데, 그것뿐이 아니다. 집단 난교와 동물애(zoophilia/beastiality)도 그중 일부다.

이런 이미지들을 검열대에 놓으면 어떤 엉터리 없는 일이 생기는지를 예술가 악시타 찬드라가 보여줬다. 그녀는 "Being Censitive('예민하기"라는 말을 "검열에 예민하기"라고 바꾼 개조어)"라는 텀블러 글에 이 "사원들은 매우 경건한 장소였다"라며 당시에 사원을 장식했던 이 이미지들은 그런 경건함과 대척되지 않았다고 설명했다. 아니, 성(sexuality)은 인간이 축하해야 하는 자연스럽고 환상적인 삶 일부로 인식됐다.


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뭄바이에서는 사회 도덕에 위배된다는 이유로 속옷 차림의 마네킹들이 금지다.


그런데 오히려 현대의 인도는 자유표현의 시각에서 성을 인식하기보다는 검열과 억압의 시각에서 보고 있다. 그래서 방갈로르에서 학교를 다니는 찬드라는 성에 대한 사고가 거꾸로 가고 있는 인도의 의식을 개선하고자 이번 프로젝트를 시도했다.

찬드라는 "40쌍이 외설죄로 뭄바이 경찰에 검거된 사건이 계기가 됐다"고 말한다. 미혼이라는 이유로 모두 붙잡힌 것이라고 그녀는 이메일로 허핑턴포스트에 설명했다.

그녀는 사원 이미지들을 편집해 성에 대한 인디아 사회의 퇴행적 편견을 지적했다. 예를 들어 아래 두 개의 카주하로 이미지는 인도에 성교육이 거의 전무하다는 사실을 놀린다.

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"어린 사고를 타락한다"는 이유로 인도에는 성교육이 거의 전무 상태이다.


찬드라의 합성 작품은 성에 대한 예전의 자유와 현재의 제한을 시각적으로 나타낸다. 그녀는 "사람들과 도덕적 검열 문제를 생각할 때 무엇이 음란하고 무엇이 수용될 수 있는지를 'Being Censitive'로 탐지하고자 했다"라고 말했다.

"음란한" 그림으로 여겨지는 이미지에 장난기를 섞으므로 검열 행위 그 자체가 오히려 유치하다는 사실을 그녀는 묘사한 것이다. "작품마다 중간점을 지향한다. 즉, 검열 장치로 검열 문제를 조명하고자 했다."

나체든 아니든 그녀가 묘사한 이미지들은 역사에 비춰진 우리 신체, 그리고 그 신체가 어떻게 숙고되야 할지를 제시한다. 그녀의 이미지는 또 예술작품에 대한 인디아의 검열 문제뿐 아니라 억압적인 환경이 초래하는 국민의 피해도 암시한다.

검열이라는 도구로 검열의 문제를 아주 적절하게 지적한 사례다.



 

허핑턴포스트US의 'Artist Updates Ancient Indian Erotica To Show Just How Messed Up Censorship Is'를 번역, 편집한 것입니다.


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Black-And-White Photos Depict The Wide Range Of Mothers Battling Addiction Around The Country

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 10:31 AM


"Dear Mama," photographer and conceptual artist Branislav Jankic begins, in a letter to his mother Mila, who had long struggled with alcohol addiction and prescription pill abuse. 


"Here I am writing you this letter, and it’s hard to find words. In the last 29 years we...

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Breaks Down The Central Paradox Of 'Hamilton' Like Only Lin-Manuel Miranda Could

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 9:23 AM

There's a little bit of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr inside us all. That is some of the wisdom Lin-Manuel Miranda dished out to The Huffington Post in a...

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Artist Updates Ancient Indian Erotica To Show Just How Messed Up Censorship Is

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 5:16 PM


The Khajuraho temples are a group of Hindu and Jain holy shrines built between 950 and 1050 in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Although 85 were originally built, only 22 remain today.


The holy structures are known for housing an extensive array of erotic images...

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From Sexting To Self-Care, These NSFW Tapestries Explore Femininity Today

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 1:53 PM

Warning: This post contains nudity and may not be appropriate for work environments.

Shaving your legs, tweezing stray facial hairs, taking a perfunctory peak at your backside in the mirror: these are the late night bathroom rituals that so many women perform in the confines of their homes.

In her...

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'Big Bully' Donald Trump Gets A Swirly In This 1989 Comic (NSFW)

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 11:39 AM


Have you ever wondered what Donald Trump -- that human cheese puff of hate, insecurity and intimidation -- was like back in the day? Did the presumptive Republican presidential nominee take a turn for the worse somewhere on the rough road we call life? Or was he always...

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Holy Rainbow Unicorn Eating An Ice Cream Cone, A Lisa Frank Coloring Book Is Coming

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 4:48 PM


Attention, stressed out millennial women of the world: Do you want more than anything to time travel back to a simpler time? Specifically, the totally rad 1990s, when you no longer believed in the tooth fairy (duh) but did most definitely believe in a rainbow universe of painting...

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Today's Artists Are Sick Of History Framing Women As Perfect

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 3:11 PM


In art and in life, women have long been held to impossible standards of perfection.


Walk through the halls of any museum and you're sure to encounter classically rendered depictions of ladies -- or, more aptly, muses -- draped languidly over sofas, covering their body parts modestly yet...

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Is Christo's Latest Masterpiece A Major Waste Of Money?

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 11:40 AM


Christo's latest piece, called "The Floating Piers," invites visitors to walk on water -- or at least on 200,000 polyethylene cubes covered in 100,000 square meters of shimmering, saffron-colored fabric floating on said water.


At no cost, the public can traverse Italy's Lake Iseo on foot via...

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12 LGBTQ Artists Reflect On What Pride Means To Them

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 8:44 AM


As the month of June comes to a close, it's a better time than ever to ask: What does Pride mean to you? 


In honor of the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, which took place almost five decades ago, parades and gatherings across the U.S....

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Fotografin kämpft mit einer beeindruckenden Fotoserie gegen das Stigma des Albinismus

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 5:48 PM

Die Fotografin Patricia Willocq ist in der Demokratischen Republik Kongo aufgewachsen, wo Menschen mit Albinismus oft die Zielscheibe von Diskriminierung sind. Schlimmstenfalls wird sogar ihr Leben bedroht.

Sie erinnert sich daran, dass Menschen mit Albinismus schon von frühester Kindheit an einer großen Ungerechtigkeit ausgesetzt waren...

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Meet Mano A Mano, Cuba's First And Only Gay Male Chorus

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 1:42 PM


Mano a Mano is Cuba's first and only official gay men's chorus. It was founded two years ago by Cuban-born filmmaker Fermin Rojas and his husband, Jay Kubesch.


"The idea was a result of a documentary that I worked on in Cuba about visual artists...

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Artist Terence Koh Chants Names Of Orlando Victims Into Outer Space

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 11:55 AM


On June 12, 2016, a gunman opened fire at a queer nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people and injuring 53 others. The massacre was the deadliest shooting in United States history. In the days since, countless individuals have grieved the young, innocent and beautiful lives cruelly cut...

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14歳のセックスワーカーが、生きる美しさを伝えるミューズになるまで(画像集)

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 6:37 AM

「タイニーはまさしく映画スターのようでした」

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Here Are Real-Life Ballerinas Enjoying The Beauty Of Degas' Iconic Works

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 5:47 PM


The ballet dancers immortalized in Edgar Degas' legendary 19th-century paintings enjoyed some company this week, when real life dancers of the Artists of The Australian Ballet took a field trip. 


Dancers Evie Ferris and Georgia Scott-Hunter, as well as 6-year-old ballerina Mena Deboil, posed alongside Degas' beloved Impressionist...

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The Dazzling Indigenous Cultures Of Mexico, In Photos

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 12:27 PM


Photographer Diego Huerta was living in the city of Santa Catarina in the state of Nuevo León in the country of Mexico when he realized he was living in close proximity to a reserved ecological zone called La Huasteca. Native Mexicans, known as Wirrarika or Wixáritari or...

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Why Have Artists Always Found Sleep Such A Fascinating Subject?

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 6:36 PM


Sandro Botticelli, Henri Rousseau, Vincent van Gogh, Francisco de Goya, Giorgione. Aside from being some of the most imaginative and renowned makers in the history of art, these old masters share a common interest: depicting the mysterious state of sleep. 


Meir Kryger is a professor at Yale School...

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Artists With Developmental Disabilities Explore The Meaning Of Femininity

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 1:30 PM


When I was a kid, before ideals of feminine beauty seeped into my consciousness, I held an almost pious reverence for every woman I saw -- in real life, in fairy tales, in morning cartoons. I especially revered my grandmother, though. I'd watch in awe as she applied makeup...

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Photographer Fights The Stigma Of Albinism With Stunning Photo Essay

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 7:41 PM


Photographer Patricia Willocq was raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where people with albinism are often the target of discrimination that, in the worst cases, endangers their lives. She recalls, from a young age, recognizing the injustices people living with albinism were forced to endure, and feeling...

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