Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Czech sculptor David Cerny and his Entropa

Czech artist embarrasses Prague government although Cerny has fans...

It took several days before anyone complained and the EU began to smell a rat. Only when Bulgaria – depicted as a Turkish lavatory – objected did the Czechs start to question the organiser of the project, the artist David Cerny.

The artwork, commissioned by the Czech government to celebrate holding the European Union presidency for the coming six months has become a source of embarrassment. Prague commissioned Czech sculptor Cerny to create a piece in cooperation with artists from all 27 EU-member states. However, Mr Cerny has admitted that he and two friends created the 8 tonne puzzle, called Entropa, to see, "if Europe is able to laugh at itself". He didn't asked other sculptors as promised to create the project.

Mr Cerny admitted that he made up the names of the artists on the brochure presented to the government. The puzzle, in the form of a map of EU states, decorates a building where EU leaders hold their summits was due to be officially unveiled on Thursday.

+The map of France is emblazoned with the word Greve, which is French for strike.

+Sweden is represented as a piece of flatpack furniture.

+ Britain does not appear at all.

+ Bulgaria is the floor of a toilet.

+Romania a Dracula theme park.

+Poland, one of the most conservative countries in the EU, has priests waving a rainbow flag, a symbol used by gay and lesbian activists.

+Denmark has been completely made of Lego.

+The Netherlands has been represented as a sea with a series of minarets rising from the waves.

and so on..))

It is not yet clear what the Czech government intends to do with the artwork. But it's fun!

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Turkish politicians, the media and 'their guests, the Jews'

Turkish Human Rights activists Bilgen and Haligua condemn racist comments that gain ground in protests against Israel's offensive in Gaza. "The government and the media incite such reactions. We should demand peace, not revenge."

Haligua, a radio producer, draws attention to the media's role in the circulation of such racist reactions.
"All Jews are trying to clear of others but we'll fight" said a young commentator during a mainstream TV program, aired last night.
On another account, members of the Osmangazi Cultural Foundation in Eskişehir held banners which read "Armenians and Jews not allowed through this door" during a staged protest.

"It's a gross error to bill the faults of the Israeli state to Jews living in other parts of the world" said Bilgen. "We must clearly distinguish between demands of peace in the Middle East and demands that would instigate further ethnic and religious fights. One should not forget that the most powerful reaction to Israel's policies comes from within the country, from Israeli peace activists"

While this is the case, he also reacts to PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying "we've welcomed Jews as our guest here 600 years ago".
"I'm not a Israeli citizen says Haligua. "Utilization of the notion of 'guest' after 600 years shows how deep anti-semitism goes. AKP exploits the situation for the upcoming elections just as the Israeli government does."
He notes that the media lays ground to racist comments through sentimental approaches.

Read here the full article.

Note: two years ago some Israelian friends came over, since they love Turkey. But this time, they told me, if people asked us, where we from, we always said: the USA.
Turkey was and stille not are not that innocent regarding Jews.
Take World War II as example: yes, Turkey welcomed Jewish refugees for their knowledge and put immediately a Wealth tax upon them. If they could not pay, they were sent to the only concentration camp outside Nazi Germany:
When Ataturk raised modern Turkey from the ruins of the Ottoman Empire, he wisely decided to orient it toward the West. But during his time in power (1923-38), the West included not only democracies such as the United States and Britain but dictatorships such as fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. Ataturk never admired these tyrannies, but some of his aides and followers certainly did, and they incorporated numerous fascist elements into Turkey's state-sponsored brand of secular nationalism. Fantasies about the supremacy of the Turkish race soon became official rhetoric. Turkey adopted corporatism, Benito Mussolini's state-dominated economic model, and when Ataturk died, he was declared the country's "eternal chief." His successor, Mustafa Ismet Inonu, introduced a heavy "wealth tax" in 1942 that specifically targeted Jews. Unable to pay, many were sent to labor camps in eastern Turkey. Read more from the Washington Post.

Day Openıng - January 14

Mount Ararat Turkey.
... and higly symbolıc for Amenia