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Violence doesn't come from the Violence Fairy
1 / 4. South America’s struggle for Independence began July 20, 1810, with the smashing of a work of art. Museums have been closely watching their art ever since. [“Llorente” Vase, Museo de la Independencia, Casa del Florero, Bogotá, Colombia. Background: El Capitolio Nacional.]
2/4 Artist Eslendy Ballen wants the children to unthink the memories of violence. She wants them to imagine what Freedom means. Meanwhile museum guards are following me from room to room. Museum, bank or both? MAMU, Colección de Arte del Banco de la República, Bogotá, Colombia.
3/4. Fernando Botero is the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man of the Art World. Try hard not to think about it: Violence doesn't come from the Violence Fairy.
4/5 “If it doesn’t hurt it isn’t Art.” Here it’s something done by someone else to someone else. That’s what the Jews are for. Museo Histórico de Cartagena, Casa de la Inquisición, Cartagena, Colombia.