Friday, 26 February 2010

Circus Christi

Circis Christi
An exhibition at Granada University in Spain has been closed following protests from Catholic groups. The show, Circus Christi by Fernando Bayona, features a series of photographs depicting Jesus as a gay man; he is also shown making love with Mary Magdalene. The exhibition opened on 11th February and closed after less than a week; it was originally scheduled to run until 5th March.

A fantasy scene featuring Jesus and Mary making love, from Martin Scorsese's film The Last Temptation Of Christ, caused controversy in 1989, and DH Lawrence's novella The Escaped Cock (1929) also depicts Jesus and Mary's sexual relationship. Jesus has previously been depicted as gay in two films (Matthias von Fistenberg's Passio, 2007; Ed D Louie's He, 1974), a poem (James Kirkup's The Love That Dares To Speak Its Name, 1976), a lithograph (Enrique Chagoya's The Misadventures Of The Romantic Cannibals, 2003), a play (Terrence McNally's Corpus Christi, 1998), and a magazine illustration (Johnny Correa's Resurrection, in The Insurgent, 2006).


3 comment(s):

Kittredge Cherry said...

Thanks for this. I share your interest in gay Jesus art, so-called blasphemy and the conflict between freedom of religion and freedom of speech.

Unfortunately Bayona is not the first artist to have his or her art censored for depicting a queer Christ. I wrote the stories of 11 such artists in my book “Art That Dares: Gay Jesus, Woman Christ, and More.”

I also write about gay Jesus art (and other queer spiritual art) at the Jesus in Love Blog on LGBT spirituality and the arts. I'm happy to connect with you.

Matthew Hunt said...

Art That Dares looks interesting. I've ordered a copy, so I'll let you know what I think after I've read it.


Kittredge Cherry said...

Thank you for ordering "Art That Dares." We tried to send you a confirmation by email, but it kept coming back as a mailer daemon, “No such user here.” Your autographed copy will be shipped soon by Priority Mail. I hope that you enjoy it!