December 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Kali. Y. G. Srimati  (Indian, 1927–2007)

Kali is striding across a turbulent landscape of mottled cloudlike formations. Her power is embodied in her movement and in the animation of her skirt composed of strands of human skulls, which echoes the flaying movement of her ten arms. Together they create a cosmic circle of frightful energy. This authoritative representation demonstrates the artist’s almost subliminal understanding of the power of the goddess.


Mengele’s Skull: The Advent of a Forensic Aesthetics

July 25, 2012 § Leave a comment



In 1985, the body of Josef Mengele, one of the last Nazi war criminals still at large, was unearthed in Brazil. The ensuing process of identifying the bones in question opened up what can now be seen as a third narrative in war crime investigations—not that of the document or the witness but rather the birth of a forensic approach to understanding war crimes and crimes against humanity.

In the period coinciding with the discovery of Mengele’s skeleton, scientists began to appear in human rights cases as expert witnesses, called to interpret and speak on behalf of things—often bones and human remains. But the aesthetic, political, and ethical complications that emerge with the introduction of the thing in war crimes trials indicate that this innovation is not simply one in which the solid object provides a stable and fixed alternative to human uncertainties, ambiguities, and anxieties.

The complexities associated with testimony—that of the subject—are echoed in the presentation of the object. Human remains are the kind of things from which the trace of the subject cannot be fully removed. Their appearance and presentation in the courts of law and public opinion has in fact blurred something of the distinction between objects and subjects, evidence and testimony.

Co-published with Portikus, Frankfurt am Main
Design by Zak Group


the Book of the Dead (Book of Coming Forth by Day)

May 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

This vignette is part of the Greenfield papyrus, the Book of the Dead of the priestess Nesitanebtashru, daughter of High Priest Pinudjem I. It is named after Mrs. Edith Greenfield, the donor of the papyrus to the British Museum, whose husband acquired it in Egypt in 1880. It is one of the best surviving examples of a funerary papyrus. The original document was over thirty-seven metres long, with spells illustrated by a series of vignettes.

One of the most important scenes shows an episode in the creation of the world, according to the Heliopolitan myth. The myth centres on the Heliopolitan god Atum as the creator. He and three generations of his descendants are known as the Great Ennead.

According to the myth Atum created his two offspring Tefnut (Moisture) and Shu (Air) by sneezing and spitting. They in turn gave birth to Nut (Heaven) and Geb (earth). This vignette shows Nut stretched over the earth, represented by Geb, who lies below her. The toes of the goddess are at the eastern horizon, and her fingertips at the western horizon. She is separated from Geb by her father Shu, who holds her up with both hands. This separation did not prevent Geb and Nut having four children: Osiris, Isis, Seth and Nephthys. The myths surrounding these four deities relate to the emergence of human society; the separation of earth and sky constitutes the creation of the world.

The law of retaliation

May 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

The assassination of Osama bin Laden 02/05/2011

Electric Chair. Andy Warhol (1971)

May 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

Electric chair is still being used in 2010:

Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida and Kentucky in the USA

Mictecacihuatl, Queen of Mictlan

November 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

Mictlantecuhtli, Lord of the Underworld

November 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

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