Breaking News I:
Put a Cork In It, O'Bigots by Michael Sedano
This just in from Alma Lopez and Alicia Gaspar de Alba:
Alicia and I will be presenting on our work at the Chicana Chicano conference at University College Cork in Ireland on June 23 - 25, 2011. As part of the conference, I will be exhibiting Our Lady and other work. We will also be screening I Love Lupe and a European presentation of our book, Our Lady of Controversy: Alma Lopez's Irreverent Apparition published by University Texas Press.
Protests have been generated by the America Needs Fatima group against the conference at the University College Cork in Ireland. Last week, ten thousand emails clogged their online system, last friday there was a radio show discussion calling Our Lady blasphemous, and today, police asked to see the image to see if I was breaking their blasphemy laws. I know it sounds crazy. We know Our Lady is not blasphemous, but we fear censorship.
Please write a letter of support to the address below and cc me. Attached are Alicia's notes on the Irish blasphemy laws.
Head of the Hispanic Studies Department
University College Cork, Ireland
Click here for La Bloga's review and foto essay of the launch event at Avenue 50 Studio.
posted by msedano | 12:01 AM
Manuel Ramos said...
Great edition of La Bloga, Michael. News and news and more news. Do you think Our Lady is the most condemned piece of Chicana art? And a memoir in less than 500 words! Nice.Plus some more beautiful poetry smashing SB1070. It has it all.
June 21, 2011 10:06:00 AM MDT
i'm unable to remember another work of chicana art getting even one condemnation, much less the thousands Lopez' work stimulated. There was the tagger who defaced 5 or 6 La Virgen images on public spaces a few years ago. I suspect that was not condemnation but possession of a spray can stupidity. how sad that c/s lost its magic powers.
June 21, 2011 11:33:00 AM MDT
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