The photograph by US artist Andres Serrano is called Piss Christ and has been the subject of repeated controversy since it was first shown in The photograph will be displayed as part of the Torture exhibition at the Void Gallery which will also feature images depicting the Hooded Men who were tortured and interned during the Northern Ireland Troubles. The new images for the exhibit were created by Serrano using more than 40 models who were subjected to a variety of interrogation techniques. The torture exhibition will run for 10 weeks. Source: Derryvoid.
Andres Serrano's controversial Piss Christ goes on view in New York | Art and design | The Guardian
Piss Christ by Andres Serrano, photograph, It is perhaps the most controversial work of art in America. My mother has gotten upset, as it's been in the news again, and asked me to write about it and its significance, if it has any. Of course it does, and I think it's a very important work of art. I say this as a Christian, someone continuously trying to live up to the teachings and commands of Jesus Christ, because, I have to be honest with you, when I look at Andres Serrano's Piss Christ , I see what I do to the Cross every time I sin. Because the art was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, it is often cited as a reason why government funding should not be used to support "degenerate" artists. Serrano takes photographs, so what you see above is what is on display should you decide to go see it.
One Of The World's Most Controversial Artworks Is Making Catholics Angry Once Again
It depicts a small plastic crucifix submerged in a small glass tank of the artist's urine. The piece was a winner of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art 's "Awards in the Visual Arts" competition,  which was sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts , a United States Government agency that offers support and funding for artistic projects. The work generated a large amount of controversy based on assertions that it was blasphemous. Serrano himself said of the controversy: "I had no idea Piss Christ would get the attention it did, since I meant neither blasphemy nor offense by it.
When New York artist Andres Serrano plunged a plastic crucifix into a glass of his own urine and photographed it in under the title Piss Christ, he said he was making a statement on the misuse of religion. Controversy has followed the work ever since, but reached an unprecedented peak on Palm Sunday when it was attacked with hammers and destroyed after an "anti-blasphemy" campaign by French Catholic fundamentalists in the southern city of Avignon. The violent slashing of the picture, and another Serrano photograph of a meditating nun, has plunged secular France into soul-searching about Christian fundamentalism and Nicolas Sarkozy's use of religious populism in his bid for re-election next year. It also marks a return to an old standoff between Serrano and the religious right that dates back more than 20 years, to Reagan-era Republicanism in the US. The photograph, full title Immersion Piss Christ , was made in as part of Serrano's series showing religious objects submerged in fluids such as blood and milk.