Cannibalism, fetuses, and art

Kittiwat Unarom, 28, a Thai art student, sits behind his works “human being parts” made of bread at his studio in Potharam district of Ratchaburi province, south of Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Sept. 2, 2005. Kittiwat who is a son of bakery owners said he spent about six months to create his eatable works with a concept of “do not believe of what you see” intended to put them on exhibition at the Institute of Thai Arts in Bangkok later this year. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

Read the full story:
Thai artist bakes edible ‘body parts’” by Watcharaporn Taithongchai, The Associated Press (2005-09-04).

Kinda reminded me of Xiao Yu’s recent work, Ruan:

Xiao Yu: 'Ruan'

A Chinese artist who grafted the head of a human fetus onto the body of a bird has defended his work as art after a Swiss museum withdrew the piece from an exhibit.
“It’s precisely because I respect all life that I did this,” artist Xiao Yu said Tuesday. He said the bird and fetus “died because there was something wrong with them. … I thought putting them together like this was a way for them to have another life.”

Swiss museum visitor Adrien de Riedmatten, 29, filed a complaint on Monday with the district attorney of Bern, Switzerland, calling for an investigation into the piece, which was on display at the Bern Art Museum.

“I want to know where this baby comes from and if it was killed for this work,” de Riedmatten said. “We know about the problems of late-term abortions in China and we have the right to ask ourselves questions.”

The work was removed, curator Bernhard Fibicher said Tuesday, because museum directors didn’t want the controversy surrounding it to overshadow the rest of the “Mahjong” exhibit, which features avant-garde Chinese works from the last 25 years. The museum is planning an Aug. 22 symposium with artists, philosophers and ethics experts before deciding whether to re-exhibit the piece.

Read the full story:
Chinese Artist Defends Fetus ArtworkLatelineNews via Muzi News (2005-08-09).

And Zhu Yu’s eating fetus series:

The artist himself, whose past accomplishments include an opus entitled “Canned Human Brains,” has claimed in interviews that he used real aborted fetuses stolen from a medical school to create “Eating People” and that he actually cooked and ate them “for art’s sake.”

Zhu Yu: 'eating babies' Zhu Yu: 'eating babies'

Read the full story:
Do They Eat Babies in China? by David Emery, Urban Legends and Folklore (nd).


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