|Mideo Cruz, the artist in hot water!|
This is not new, the Cultural Center of the Philippines said. This had been featured in exhibits in Ateneo de Manila, UP Vargas Museum and Kulay Diwa since 2002.
Cruz defended that his art is without ill intentions. He wanted it for commentary on icon worship, but he was surprised by the violent reactions from the people, especially the conservative Catholics. "We cannot please everybody," deplored Cruz.
|Mickey Mouse Christ|
The other part of the exhibit is a giant wooden crucifix with a bright red penis that can be moved up and down, a symbol of patriarchal society where men are "worshiped".
The display of sculptured penis hanging from a wooden cross and Mickey Mouse Christ as phallic objects is a symbol of power as explained by Cruz.
Nevertheless it's still a mockery of their faith, according to the insulted Catholics.
Cruz was branded a "demon" and even bombarded with death threats and hate mail. His exhibits were set on fire but saved by a security guard.
The University of Sto. Thomas (UST) group of artists disown Cruz.
Cruz lamented, "You can't force people. But I just hope that when we look at something, the process doesn't stop at the surface."
Cruz works were one of those featured in "Kulo" art exhibits in CCP that began June 17 until Aug. 21, as part of the CCP’s celebration of national hero Jose Rizal’s 150th birthday., but the exhibits were closed in Aug. 8 for the controversy of "Poleteismo" artworks.
Well, what is art? and what is not? And how's freedom of expression expressed in arts?
Watch Word of the Lourd TV5 AksyonTV 41, a video posted in Mideo M. Cruz's Page at Facebook. And evaluate it for yourself.