"Blasphemous" art exhibit in CCP vandalized
(SPOT.ph) An unidentified couple visiting the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) yesterday, August 4, marred pieces of the controversial art exhibit "Kulo," reports an AFP article published on Interaksyon. The exhibit, which features works like Mideo Cruz’s "Poleteismo," as well as pieces by other artists from the University of Sto. Tomas, has received flak from Church and lay people alike for being "blasphemous" and "sacrilegious."
The vandals tried to smash a penis-shaped ashtray on a poster of Jesus Christ with a wooden penis glued to his face before attempting to set it on fire. In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Cruz revealed that some his artworks now carried the words "bakla (gay)" and "sumpain (curse)." One of the suspects also gave a lecture on morality to a CCP guard and other visitors before exiting of the building. CCP, which earlier rejected moves to close the exhibit, stated that "Kulo" will remain open. Extra measures are now being taken to guard the exhibit while an investigation is underway.
Though saddened by the defacing, Cruz sees the incident in a positive light. "Inii-strengthen lang niya siguro kung ano ang nais i-communicate ng work, ano ang motivations ng work. Sana din ’wag nilang tingnan sa surface ’yong work. Upon seeing the image, try to close their eyes, baka mas marami pa silang makuha na positive sa bawat isa (They just reinforced what the work wants to say. I hope other viewers try to get past the surface. If they close their eyes, they just might see something positive in in them)," he told GMA News.
SAKSI’ report on the marring of "Kulo"