Hate artist ‘raised Catholic’ lumps pope in with the likes of Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Kim Il Sung, and Pol Pot.
From Catholic Culture:
A Toronto art gallery is planning an exhibit of provocative works that includes a picture of a seated Pope Benedict XVI, riddled with bullet holes.
The exhibit entitled “Persona Non Grata- The Veil of History,” by artist Peter Alexander Por, is due to open at the Bezpala Brown Gallery on February 5. Publicity from the gallery said that the image of the Pope is “a less than subtle expression of the hurt and anger directed at a pontiff and an institution that has abandoned its flock, choosing to focus on dogma while its subjects suffer and, in many instances, die from its archaic policies.”
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|Gallery Director||Lyudmila Bezpala-Brown|
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Peter Alexander Por:
Persona Non Grata – The Veil of History
February 5 – 25
Bezpala Brown Gallery
Press Preview: February 3-4 (by appointment)
Reception: Saturday, February 5, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
A Toronto-based artist, Por strikes a decidedly political and controversial message drawing lines between good and evil, oppressor and oppressed, through the presentation of 30 canvasses and 4 sculptures. His subjects are primarily evildoers – some predictable, others less so. From Pope Benedict XVI’s bullet-ridden portrait recognizing the dereliction of duty stemming from a Church leader’s focus on dogma over his subjects’ life and mental well-being to President George Bush’s fictitious war on terror to the terror of Pope Innocent III, the portraits map lost lives through perpetrators’ hollow eyes across the centuries. There are the predictable: Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Kim Il Sung, Pol Pot and others with death tallies attached, but Por also turns full circle to capture the crucifixion of Obama by the political and corporate machinery of today’s America.
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