via wemakemoneynotart.com, the political porn photography ‘The Penetrated’ (Los Penetrados) of the controversial Santiago Sierra (he built a gas chamber in 2006 to protest about ‘banalisation of the Holocaust’). The Penetrated is a comment on immigration and racial issues.
“The traditional paranoia of white people towards black people or of Europeans towards Africans is linked to a strong phobia. We thinks that sooner or later we will have to pay for our past and present greedy misdeeds. But this white paranoia is also related to the size of the dick or to the fear of a sexuality that demeans us. Our female and males might fall in love with it and that frightens us more than the perspective to lose our jobs, only your boss can take work away from us. The political reflections and the actions that derive from them are more primitive than what is ordinarily thought. Behaviours of racial identity are very animal because we are animals.” (Regine (Debatty), February 24, 2009)
Here ‘political pornography’ is built on a set of heteronormative and patriarchal assumptions about the centrality of the dick in sexuality and the act of penetration as the act of sex. Pornography here has this single meaning, and fucking is a devaluing act. The penetrated is objectified. I really find the fact of calling this work ‘political’ problematic. This work as a comment on immigration politics would need to consider other issues of inequality and stereotyping rather than reinforcing them.
Other interesting stuff about spanish includes ‘Corpus Deleicti: the Body of Crime and Desire’ is a transdisciplinary research and production platform formed in Barcelona in early 2004:
Corpus Deleicti’s first experiment was Genderlab_Protopoesía_01 (2004), which explored medical imagery and rhetoric and its relationship to pornography. The second, which is in development stage, is Support Local Porn, an analysis of the capitalist logic of sex tourism (through the fictitious low-cost agency “Porno Jet”) and the re-sexualisation of public space, which generates particular sexual practices in urban contexts. The group’s artificial life highlights include their participation in MIDDLESEX, Confrontaciones Sociales Feministas, Diásporas Queer y Narrativas del Género, in Zaragoza, a videoperformance at Fugas Subvsersivas, reflexiones híbridas sobre las identidades, an exhibition at the Universidad de Valencia, and a presentation and performance at the closing of the seminar Desacuerdos: sobre Arte, políticas y esfera pública en el Estado Español, organised by Arteleku. Publications: the catalogue of the exhibition Fugas Subversivas: reflexiones híbridas sobre las identidades, published by Universidad de Valencia (2005) with the text: Corpus Deleicti: GenderLab: protopoesía_01, pp. 176-183. (UNCONTROLLED SEXUALITIES AND UNPALATABLE PRACTICES: BIOPOLITICAL CONDENSERS, 2007)