Czech art: shoot your lawmaker in the face
PRAGUE (AFP) – Two artists have offered Czechs angered by politics the chance to take revenge on their lawmakers by shooting them literally in the face, by turning their photos into air gun targets.
Tomas Cap and Michal Kraus have displayed the portraits of 200 lower-house deputies in plastic boxes on the wall of a Prague alternative gallery, in front of an air gun and a boxful of ammunition.
"We have seen lawmakers breach the promises they gave to voters so many times. The visitors of the gallery have a unique opportunity to show these politicians what they think," the artists said in a statement.
Two weeks after opening, the exhibition was a sad sight as most of the faces had been heavily damaged by airgun slugs, with some destroyed beyond recognition.
"It's mostly youths that come, but we have also had managers in suits and pensioners," including an elderly woman on crutches who climbed to the first-floor room to take a shot, Milan Mikulastik, the curator of the display, told AFP.
I can imagine that a similar exhibition in this country would draw the crowds, I must say. I would certainly spend most of the day picking out MPs to shoot in the face.
He said he only hoped the crumbling photos would last till the end of the exhibition on Sunday as "the artists want to send them to the lawmakers afterwards."
Unfortunately, I suspect that, were one to set up such an exhibition in this country, one would probably end up in prison on some trumped up terrorism charge. Or maybe incitement to hatred of some sort. No, seriously.
And it's something of an indictment of this disgusting government that I could even think that this country might be in any way less free than a former Communist satellite.
Anyway, I'm off to dream about shooting our MPs in the face. Mind you, I can't see Gordon Brown's phizzog lasting more than a day—let alone two weeks.