While browsing the internet, I came across an article on NYMag.com that shows a picture of the Russian Socialite, Dasha Zhukova, sitting atop a chair that is composed of a leather seat attached to a statue of a near-naked black woman. Clad only in very short hot pants and tall leather boots, the woman is depicted in a contorted pose and the leather seat rests upon her laurels. The image of Zhukova was initially published in an article on Buro 24/7 on 01/20/14, the day celebrated as Martin Luther King Day in the US. To say that the public outcry was swift and heated would be putting it mildly. Miroslava Duma, the fashion editor and owner of the site, quickly cropped said photo and issued an apology for the apparently unintentional act of racism. Both Duma and Zhukova have issued public apologies, stating their abhorrence of racism. While I know nothing of either woman, or their personal beliefs, I do know that the truth is black and white. “Artwork” that depicts the objectification, oppression, dehumanization, and/or humiliation of anyone is tasteless and deplorable.
The chair in the photo that sparked the outrage was created by Bjarne Melgaard, a New York based artist born in Norway.
The Chair by Bjarne Melgaard is meant to be reminiscent of the controversial Chair by Allen Jones, which was created in 1969 and later damaged with paint stripper by feminists in 1986.
Never mind the fact that one of my daughter’s is bi-racial, this “artwork” is offensive to me on so many levels. As a Christian. As a Woman. As a Wife. As a Mother. <–Just to name a few.
What do you think?