A Pox on All Your Houses (2)
Both photographs © Vanessa Beecroft.
I came across this short story in The Guardian on Vanessa Beecroft who, having gone to Sudan to investigate the genocide there, visited an orphanage and "instinctively" felt the need to whip out her breasts and start nursing a set of orphaned twins. She then hatched a plan to adopt the infants so that she could make them the objects for her artistic endeavors. Beecroft also tussled with the nuns who run the orphanage when they took exception to her treating the infants like pets. (Having spent nine years in Catholic School being terrorized by nuns, I rarely see them as forces for enlightenment. Beecroft has really accomplished something!) When asked how the folks back home responded, she explains that her husband filed for divorce. (My view? He ought to have had her committed.) And all of this, of course, for the cameras - Beecroft was being tailed by a documentary filmmaker who, witnessing this revolting behavior, went ahead and made the film anyway. The whole thing makes me want to puke.