A Provocative Artistic Idea to Set a Taboo Right Which Went Wrong
Isn't it amazing that in the age of social web and on line media there still are widely unknown facts which can only be exposed by on ground art exhibitions, like for example, the practice of mutilation of woman's genitalia 140 million African women are living with, for the sake of traditions?
One can argue that it is a matter for the people of Africa to decide. After all mutilation of other parts of human body like ears and lips to adorn colorful and over sized ornaments to enhance beauty is part of customs still practiced by many African tribes.
The problem with the mutilation of female genitalia is that it is not the sort of thing you will discuss in a party or even on the social media. Unfortunately this meant the existence and continuation of its practice in the African continent, which many in the rest of the world may consider as barbaric and something to be avoided as not necessary for health and beauty. This is especially worrying if it is done on children who can't decide for themselves, which is not clear.
So when Makode Aj Linde, a Swedish-African artist, decided to use the subject for a provocative work of art to be exhibited in the World Art Day held in Stockholm, he probably chose the subject right. Some thing wrong with African life which he hoped to correct by the public opinion he could generate to increase the awareness and need for giving African women a say in the matter.
His intention to shock the world in to an awareness of the issue was clear from the caption he gave on his Facebook page for a picture of the exhibition.
Documentation from my female genital mutilation cake performance earlier today at stockholm moma. This is After getting my vagaga mutilated by the minister of culture, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth. Before cutting me up she whispered "Your life will be better after this" in my ear.
-- with Makode Linde and Paula Slav at Moderna Museet.