‘Molest a mullah, punish a pastor’
These and other slogans feature in the latest works by provocative London artists Gilbert and George
In a bid to reflect the changing face of the East End, their home for decades, Gilbert Proesch, 70, and George Passmore, 72, have included women in burqas in their “Scapegoating Pictures for London” exhibition at the White Cube, Bermondsey, which opened today.
The veiled figures feature in giant photomontages demonstrating the artists’ long-standing hostility to all religions which they believe “terrorise” people.
According to this report, they appear alongside images of the artists themselves and a string of “typically foul-mouthed slogans” urging people to “molest a mullah”, “fuck a vicar” as well as “jerk off a judge”.
We’ve always been wrongly accused of choosing the soft target of Christianity and not including women in our pictures — happy now?
His partner Gilbert added:
We want our art to bring out the bigot from inside the liberal and conversely to bring out the liberal from inside the bigot.
The artists have worked together since they met at St Martins art school and this show, “Scapegoating Pictures for London” which runs until September 28 (free admission) , is the latest demonstration of the artists’ career-long desire to shock.
Hat tip: Antony Niall