At PS1, Igor Grubic Captures Homophobic Hatred

THE DAILY PIC: The show "Zero Tolerance" doesn't tolerate vacuous art.


THE DAILY PIC: Igor Grubic has made a stunning two-screen video about the grotesque homophobia that went on display in Serbia when Belgrade hosted a gay-pride parade, and in Zagreb when Croatia did the same. One screen shows actual footage of the monstrous reaction of the mobs to the marchers; the other–from which this still is taken–was an effort by performers, after the fact, to assume the almost balletic poses that the gay victims’ bodies took on as they were attacked. Both were in the show called “Zero Tolerance” that closed yesterday at MoMA-PS1 in New York, and that was all about gestures of resistance to the status quo.

I’d seen and written about the show before, but seeing it again as it concluded reminded me of what a pleasure it is to come across art that features actual, important, real-world content. Amazingly, that excellent exhibition was co-curated by Klaus Biesenbach, whose Bjork project, at MoMA’s main site, has been so roundly attacked for being content-free. (Image courtesy the artist)

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