Tuesday, 3 December 2013

PHOTOS: Man Mating With AGoat; Unclad Woman Sleeping With Statues:

A man having s*x with a goat, a
lady groping her own chest and a
unclad woman sitting astride a
Roman god.
While it may sound like obscure
p****graphy, it is actually art.
A new exhibition in Italy featuring
unclad artists posing as cavorting
nymphs and satyrs leaves little to
the imagination.
The exhibition entitled
er*ticAM_Secret Room II, which is
on display in the Contemporary Art
Museum (CAM) in the town of
Casoria near Naples, is based on
images adapted from some of the
er*tic frescoes (mural paintings)
from Roman times.
The audience are invited to leave
comments on the works by either
writing or drawing directly onto the
pictures.
‘There is nothing here that you
would not see on Facebook or
daytime television,’ said Antonio
Manfredi, the director of CAM, who
also models for the exhibition.
‘Even today when we talk about
er*tic works, it is difficult to show
them. But as a politically incorrect
museum, we thought that it was
really interesting.’
The exhibition was conceived by
TEAM[:]niel, an Austrian artist
collective comprising Claudia Feyer,
Daniel Feyer and Veronika Bayer,
who came up with idea of inserting
photos of models onto photographs
of the er*tic frescoes from Pompeii
and Herculaneum.
The exhibition had initially been
backed by the Italian Culture
Ministry which gave the artists
permission to photograph the
ancient drawings. However it later
withdrew its approval when it
realised what their ultimate aims
were.
Artist Veronika Bayer from Austria,
who features in a sexually graphic
image, said: ‘Since I regard myself
to be a strong woman, I said this is
my picture, I want to make this, and
I’m proud of myself.
‘It’s very aesthetic. It’s not cheap
p****graphy, although you see
everything. But yes, it’s a kind of a
statement for me.’
Mimmo Femiano, an Italian visitor
to the museum, added:
‘p****graphy is abnormal, while
er*ticism, on the contrary, is art.’
The museum said in a statement
that the idea behind the exhibit was
to ‘transfer these works into the
present.’
This isn’t the first time that the
CAM in Casoria has attracted
controversy. In April last year it
burned work from its collection in
protest against the government.
The museum receives no public
funds and survives on donations and
ticket sales.