Alt is another of the mysterious artists who populate our Festival. He is with us for one work in particular, which he presented for the 2018 edition of AR [t] CEVIA, a contemporary art festival that was held in Arcevia, in the Marche region. The work questioned the role of the Madonna within the Christian religion: for Alt the Virgin, a religious idol invented by males, represents the denial of femininity and embodies a stereotype that has bound, not exalted, the woman. Furthermore, Our Lady is a money machine because she is used to collect alms, donations. She is a cult object, exploited and put up for sale. It’s a booty and it’s “slut”.
The work was exhibited in a dedicated space, with adequate warnings. However, some indignant faithful asked for his removal. The order to withdraw the work was put forward by the mayor, Andrea Bomprezzi.
Anti-blasphemy laws in Italy and around the world are used to suppress political opponents and dissidents, to censor artists, journalists and free thinking.
The application of a law that should protect an unidentified “religious sentiment” is highly subjective, completely arbitrary. There are countries where even a woman’s song can be considered blasphemous. A reality that moves large sums of money and votes but which cannot be satirized or criticized, becomes untouchable: an unnameable god becomes truly omnipotent even on the political and social level. This is why Ceci n’est pas un blasphème , the festival of censored arts, was born .
The festival enjoys the moral patronage of the Department of Culture of Naples, but to maintain independence and thus guarantee the quality of the curatorship we do not have access to public funds: we are professionals but we work on it as a team of volunteers, we believe in it a lot, if you share the message give us a hand to make it happen: together we can do something great, for art, for poetry, for freedom of expression, against any form of religious abuse!