Saddam and the shark banned-Matthew Hunt

December 1, 2009


Matthew Hunt: November 27, 2009

David Cerny’s Shark, a mannequin representing Saddam Hussein preserved in a tank of formaldehyde, was exhibited at Biennale II in Prague (2005) though a planned exhibition in Middelkerke, Belgium (2006) was cancelled and an exhibition in Bielsko-Biala, Poland (also 2006) was closed shortly after it opened.


Shark, an obvious reference to Damien Hirst’s The Physical Impossibility Of Death In The Mind Of Someone Living, was subsequently shown in Cieszyn, Poland. It echoes the case of Inside Time, which was censored for its disrespectful portrayal of Osama bin Laden.

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