The Barrio Museum, which is considered one of the largest institutions of Latin American art in New York, has canceled a retrospective dedicated to a Chilean artist and director. Alejandro Khodorovsky thereafter a group of activists condemns several comments about sexual abuse in the 70s
According to the specialized media Artnet, in a book published in 1972, about his avant-garde film "El Topo" (1970), which filmed and shot Yodorovsky, the artist said he raped his colleague in the film Maru Lorencioduring the recording of one of the scenes.
“After she hit me hard enough to get tired, I thought,“ Now it's my turn to put the cameras on tape. ”said Jodorowsky, according to an article published by a British newspaper telegraph,
"And really … Indeed … I raped her, and she screamed … Then she (Lorencio) told me that she was raped before."he added.
Decades later, in an interview with Empire magazine in 2007, Jodorowsky changed his version of the facts and confirmed that the recorded sexual encounter was real, but agreed.
Later, according to the article telegraphHe defended himself on the social networking site Facebook, arguing that at the beginning of his professional career, “I said something that shocked the interviewers”,
SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF ART
Before El Museo del Barrio canceled his show, El Topo was going to be part of a retrospective that was organized,
It was the pressure exerted by the community of activists in East Harlem, a district of Manhattan, where the Latin Museum is located, forced the institution to respond to Khodorovsky’s ambiguous statements.
Opponents believe that the actions of the director can not be protected only by the fact that the director worked on a work of art.
“It is not only about art, but also about the social determinants of art”About this Art News reported one of the activists Debbie Quinones.
For his part, the Director of the Museum del Barrio, Patrick Charpenel, told Arnet that Khodorovsky’s actions should be analyzed, but this institution has "Concluded that the exhibition is not a suitable platform for this at the present time",
“We are committed to addressing complex and complex issues, but we are responsible for causing dialogue and productive debate,” he said.