The European Union Delegation to the Republic of Azerbaijan has organized the International Festival of Contemporary Art “MAIDEN TOWER. To Be a Woman”, which held on 17-27 September in Baku and in the regions of Azerbaijan.
The Festival topic is linked with the 100th anniversary of the liberation of Azerbaijani women and emphasizes the role of women in the Azerbaijani society and around the world. The festival’s program includes several exhibitions, public art events, visual poetry evening, discussion panel, thematic film shows and workshops in the context of contemporary art. At the beginning of 20th century in the context of important historical and political events, the ﬁrst women liberation movement was launched in Azerbaijan and with the establishment of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, it became the first Muslim country to grant election rights to women, as early as in 1918.
Thats sound’s very nice until the things have happened. On 23 of September on Instagram and Facebook Social Media everyone was bombing the feedbacks with the posts of destroyed and uncolored with light blue patterns of graffiti work on wall painted by Sweden artist, who was invited by the organizers of the exhibition.
The graffiti was made by Swedish artist – Carolina Falkholt, who is very popular in ART industry with the pseudonym BLUE.
Sometimes she uses her own coined term grafitta, to describe her art. It is a play with the two words graffiti and fitta, the latter means “pussy” in Swedish but also with a Swedish grammatical habit of setting a gender to work titles where an “a” denotes female role.
The graffiti shows the nudity of shemale, which shows total freedom of mind, the right and power of woman in a shemale face and calls everyone for non- homophobic community.
Usually we can see some compares of Graffiti with Vandalism, if that graffiti was painted on some historical buildings, monuments and walls, what is really not acceptable for any community. But this incident made by some unknown citizens of Baku is vandalism on graffiti. What was the point on painting that graffiti on the wall, if the society was not ready for this nudity.
Nudity in Art
Here is the some samples of the nude art works of the most popular artist of all the time and world as Picasso, Gustave Courbet, Diego Velazquez.
1. Francisco de Goya’s “The Nude Maja”
This circa-1800 painting will go down in history as “the first totally profane life-size female nude in Western art“ — thought to be at least one of the first explicit depictions of female pubic hair. At the time of its creation, the Catholic Church banned the display of artistic nudes, so Goya’s nude woman and its more modest counterpart, “The Clothed Maja,” were never exhibited publicly during the artist’s lifetime.
2. Katsushika Hokusai’s “The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife”
There’s almost no ambiguity regarding the erotic nature of this painting. The print — a perfect example of Japanese shunga art — depicts a fisherman’s wife deriving pleasure from a rather unique encounter with an octopus. But do you recognize the artist’s name? Yes, the man behind “The Great Wave off Kanagawa“ had more than landscape likenesses up his sleeve.
3. Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights”
OK, so you may associate “The Garden of Earthly Delights” with its array of terrifying, otherworldly creatures, but the painting has its fair share of sensual details. Dating from between 1490 and 1510, the work plays host to a whole carnival of sins, including the acts in the image above, in which nude men and women are seen frolicking with each other, horses, birds, mermaids, plants… you name it. Writer Laurinda S. Dixon described it as teeming with “a certain adolescent sexual curiosity.”
4. Paul Cezanne’s “Seven Bathers”
Cezanne is well known for his various images of nude bathers, many of whom were women. “Seven bathers,” however, portrays the figures of nude men — though some are rather androgynously rendered. This scene of beautifully crafted male bodies is surely not the most erotic of subject matter, but the ways in which the artist toyed with classical representations of the body and the relationship between the viewer’s gaze and nakedness makes for a borderline erotic aesthetic. It is assumed that Cezanne, due to a lack of available models, painted this from memory or imagination.
5. Titian’s “Venus of Urbino”
Mark Twain once called Titian’s Venus “the foulest, the vilest, the obscenest picture the world possesses.” With her unabashed nudity and strong gaze into the viewers’ eyes, the nude female in this 1538 work of art is undeniably erotic.
6. Gustav Klimt’s “Frau bei der Selbstbefriedigung”
Klimt, the Austrian symbolist painter with a penchant for gilded canvases, brought you uber-famous works like “The Kiss“ and his portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. While those images, not to mention the many nude figures that populate his other paintings, exude sensuality, there’s nothing quite as erotic as “Frau bei der Selbstbefriedigung.”
7. Peter Paul Rubens’s copy of Michelangelo’s “Leda and the Swan”
For early 17th century audiences, it was likely more acceptable for a woman to be shown engaging in explicit acts with a bird than with an actual human being. Hence, “Leda and the Swan,” based on the Greek myth in which Zeus takes the form of a swan and “seduces” a woman named Leda. Artists like Cesare da Sesto and Cezanne also chose the crude story as inspiration for paintings.
8. Miyagawa Isshō’s “Spring Pastimes”
Created in 1750, this shunga scroll depicts a tryst between two men, one likely a samurai and the other a kabuki actor taking on a sexualized female role.
9. Édouard Manet’s “Olympia”
Look familiar? Manet’s 1863 painting is based roughly on Titian’s “Venus” and Goya’s “Nude Maja.” According to accounts from writer Antonin Proust, the painting of a sex worker was so scandalous that “only the precautions taken by the administration prevented the painting being punctured and torn“ at its debut exhibition.
10. Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s “The Swing”
This Rococo masterpiece from 1767 is full of symbolism, all of which centers on a young woman’s extramarital affair. See that man hidden in the bushes on the left side of the canvas? He’s not only on the receiving end of that kicked-off shoe, he’s also getting quite a peek up the woman’s dress. Erotic? Maybe. We’d settle for 18th-century creepy.
11. Pablo Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (The Young Ladies of Avignon)”
Picasso’s famous Primitivist painting portrays five nude sex workers allegedly from a brothel in Barcelona. With their unconventional female forms and relentless gazes, the image is a proto-Cubist version of erotica.
12. Egon Schiele’s “Friendship”
Despite the title, there’s a underlying sense of sexuality in Schiele’s depiction of two naked individuals, embracing in a twist of line and form reminiscent of the great Austrian painter’s intense figurative works.
13. Diego Velázquez’s “Rokeby Venus”
Call it “The Toilet of Venus,” “Venus at her Mirror,” “Venus and Cupid,” or “La Venus del Espejo,” Velázquez’s nude painting shows a woman deriving pleasure from the site of her own naked self. For a painting made between 1647 and 1651 — a time period marked by the Spanish public’s disdain for naked bodies in art — the work was on the salacious side. (In case you were wondering, Titian and Rubens also made their own versions of Venus at a mirror.)
14. Gustave Courbet’s “L’Origine du monde (The Origin of the World) 1847”
They lived in different centuries and civilizations starting from 10th century till 20 century in the different part of the world.
Here is some interesting comments on SM.
“The creepiest and at the same time the funniest side of the situation is we live in 2019 year now and there are some communities” that cannot accept art as the way it showed by artist.
At the same time, on AZERINET it made really big discussions on Social Media’s as Facebook and Instagram:
You can check some of the interesting posts due this situation here:
Giant graffiti was painted in Baku. But only the torso. Limbs are left. I must admit that now the work has become more conceptual. There was a simple mural, and now we have a true masterpiece that embodies the spirit of the times and the stupidity of the workers of the municipality.
We were very surprised when we have found Azerbaijan in top 15 least religious country of the world, with the place 13 after the countries as Israel, UK and Australia. You can check it here:
And during our research we were informed that Azerbaijan is really might be in the list of least religious countries with the 34% of own nation.
Then we are having more questions?! What was the reason of acting to this graffiti like that?!
Also our insider informed us about the formation of ideas in Azeri community that comes from mental thoughts, morales and saving old traditions.
Even the most powerful mental slogan is ” Millətin anası bacısı var” – what means as: #Peoplehavemothersandsisters.
Probably, it makes very shamed everyone to look at artpiece in front of their family members , as mother and sister. Also statistic shows that 30% is still getting married with their “brothers, sisters” and cousins in Middle East.