When art and the Bible meet, nothing is sacred

Mail & Guardian | Sean O’Toole:

By vandalising the holy text, two South African artists have created a new interpretation of it.

Among the diverse counsel offered by the Bible, there is wisdom on booze (“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit,” Ephesians 5:18) and advice on tattoos and piercings (“You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves,” Leviticus 19:28).

From the exhibition Divine Violence.

The Bible even offers instruction on vandalism. “Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom,” reads a verse from the Old Testament’s Song of Songs, also known as the Song of Solomon.

Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin are little foxes. About four years ago, this London-based photographic unit, childhood friends since their early youth in 1970s Johannesburg, patiently and methodically set about vandalising – or desecrating – the Bible…


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