“Athi-Patra Ruga is one of a handful of artists, working in South Africa today, who has adopted the tropes of myth as a contemporary response to the post-apartheid era. Ruga has always worked with creating alternative identities that sublimate marginalized experience into something strangely identifiable.” (via)
A graffiti version of the miraculous icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Poland.
The image was condemned by the hierarchy of the Polish church as sacrilegious, as it is part of a graffiti wall. The artist defended it as an attempt to interest young people in religion. In the meantime ordinary Catholics are placing flowers and candles in front of the image.
What do you think? Sacrilege or not?