A massive mural displaying the line “sex with refugees is jasmine-scented and beautiful” appeared in Shoreditch last weekend on a building housing a pop-up shop for clothing shop A-Cold-Wall.
The artwork has since forced Artist Robert Montgomery to apologise and remove what residents called ‘obscene’. However, Montgomery insisted that the ‘artwork’ has been ‘grossly misjudged’.
According to Wikipedia, Mr Montgomery is a London-based poet, artist and sculptor known for his site-specific installations created from light and text.
Critics claim that they could not see how this could be judged as art, suggesting it is ‘not only promoting sex with refugees but questions how promoting sex with anyone can be considered artwork as it is seen as a more of a political statement’.
The social media was equally unforgiving with many agreeing that the artwork was “disgusting” and “horrific”.
The Scottish born artist responded on Facebook stating “I have asked for this wall writing to be removed and it has been today. It was not painted by me and was not intended as an Artwork by me. I apologise for any offence it may have caused anyone”.
The former employee of ‘Dazed and Confused’ magazine has worked on projects elsewhere in Europe including Norway where he attracted controversy by painting a wall that read ‘ALL EUROPE MUST BE EVERYWHERE A REFUGE FOR THE BROKEN HEARTED’ in support of #refugeeswelcome.
Rape is on the rise in Norway and questions are being raised at how images such as this are helpful to such horrific acts.
“I think I should make more work encouraging us to be compassionate to refugees. As a country, Britain isn’t taking anything near our fair share of refugees, and I think that’s a national disgrace at the moment”.
It is clear from the public anger that the silent majority do not support his view.
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