Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth was invited to cut several cakes designed by artists, including one in the shape of the naked torso of a black woman cake, which doubled as an art installation, at an event marking the 75th anniversary of the Swedish Artists Federation at Stockholm’s modern art museum on Sunday.
The black cake, part of an exhibition on World Art Day, was intended as part of Afro-Swedish artist Makode Linde’s project illustrating degrading stereotypes of black people through history.However, a Swedish organisation promoting the rights of people of African origin called the cake exhibit racist and said that Liljeroth should resign for participating in a “tasteless, racist spectacle.”
The exhibit at the Moderna Museet was meant to highlight the issue of female genital mutilation, and Makode Aj Linde, its Afro-Swedish creator was part of it all with his head built into the cake.When Adelsohn Liljeroth put the knife into the cake, he screamed “No, no!” from inside the installation.
“According to Moderna Museet, the cake eating party was intended to highlight the problem of female circumcision, but how this is supposed to be done with a cake depicting a racist caricature of a black woman … is unclear,” said Kitimbwa Sabuni, head of the African Swedish National Association.
Linde said the message of his piece had been misunderstood.He has for several years used art to criticise stereotypes of black people and said that female genital mutilation as a choice of theme for the cake “was quite natural, as you would have to cut it up.”
Adelsohn Liljeroth described the incident as a “bizarre situation”. She said “I was invited to speak at World Art Day about the freedom of art and the right to be provocative, and then they asked me to cut up the cake,” the minister said.”I had no chance to inspect the cake beforehand … If some people have been offended, I apologise. Then it’s up to the artist to explain what he meant with his work.”
I think i prefer the good old days when cakes were just plain and simple . What do you think?