n°187/ Dirty Phrases

September 2015

by Nathalie Azoulai

Already attacked last July, Anish Kapoor's "Dirty Corner" shown in the gardens of France’s Palace of Versailles just went through a second public assault on September, 6, with vandals spray-painting anti-Semitic graffiti across the artwork and the rocks surrounding it. Once cleaned after being splattered with yellow paint, Kapoor has decided this time to keep the derogatory slogans as a stark reminder of the pervasive nature of prejudice, saying “SS blood sacrifice”, “Queen sacrificed, twice insulted”, “the second RAPE of the nation by DEVIANT JEWISH activism”...“ I am convinced that nothing should be removed from these slurs, from these words which belong to anti-Semitism that we’d rather forget”, says the British-Indian artist, adding “From now on, in the name of our universal principles, these abominable words will become part of my work, they will overlay it and stigmatise it.”  What happens in Versailles stays in Versailles, at least till next November.

 Anish Kapoor