, the American artist and photographer has elicited strong reactions, including the desecration of his works. Now that torture is back in the news again (though federal law prevents President Trump from immediately ramping up the interrogation machine), it seems a good time for Serrano’s “Torture
” series. He probably shocked the residents of a French industrial town when he commissioned the locals to duplicate objects of torture. He then posed more than 40 models in degrading positions as they were shackled, submerged and humiliated for the sake of art. Alex Tu, who curated the exhibit at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art, tells us that Serrano’s work invites discussion about whether torture is morally or ethically right, or if it’s even something that should be upheld by freedom-loving people.
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Andres Serrano doesn’t do safe. From documenting bodies in the morgue to submerging a crucifix in his own urine, or photographing contortionists and dwarfs