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  • What do you see when you look at this picture? It is quite scary.

    It's a cake, as well as a work of art, by artist Makode Linde. He works with racist stereotypes, and the sick, romantic, oppressional views in western society of Africa, and the "black body". The cake is a typical caricature of a black woman, complete with "black face" as seen in old minstrel shows. It's disgusting. Yes. It gets even more repulsive.

    The swedish minister of culture (the woman in the pictures) is asked to cut the cake (starting with the genitals, as a reflection of female genital mutilation), as she is the opening speaker of the event. (The event is the World Art Day, arranged by the artists association in sweden, as they celebrate their 75 years anniversary).

    As she does so, the cake starts to scream in pain and agony. The head of the cake is alive, it's the artists actual head, sticking up from under the table. The reaction is strong, you can see it in the middle picture.

    It's a brilliant piece of work. It's obvoiusly not racist, but the complete opposite. It's designed to create a reaction against the oppression of africans. Yet, the picture is all over the world, described as a racist event. Demands of the ministers resignation is raised. The museum is under bomb-threat.

    Swedish news should be dominated by the trial against racist mass murderer and terrorist Anders Behring Breivik. But instead, it's mostly about "Cakegate" or "Tårtgate" in Swedish. There are many reasons for the minister of culture to resign, but it should not be because she would not refuse to participate in an anti-racist art installation. Even if it is, clearly, the grossest ever.

    Great shots with permission from my friend Åsa Andersson, who owns all copyrights.
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