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Headless Chickens, Dead Horses And Toasted Saints At The Toaster At The Biennial of Sydney

by | 19th, June 2008

ferrari-jesus.jpg IT’S “this year’s” “Biennial of Sydney, reports the Sydney Morning Herald .

An exhibition by the Australian artist Mike Parr, which includes a film showing a live chicken being decapitated, has prompted a complaint to the RSPCA and a visit from police.

The film is being screened in a derelict building on Cockatoo Island… It is one of 17 works by Parr included in a confronting show called Mirror/Arse, which documents his “most daring and demanding” performances and explores “trauma and subjectivity”.

The police officers who visited the exhibition yesterday were overheard expressing astonishment and disgust at work, which includes footage of Parr sitting in a chair slicing his arm with a blade and holding his index finger over a lit candle until his skin burns.

Also in show is Western Christian Civilisation by the Argentinian artist Leon Ferrari.

Made in 1965 as the United States began to bomb Vietnam, it combines two elements into a large sculpted model of Christ being crucified, not on a cross but on

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