Salman (Rushdie) Barbeque whirligig
Salman (Rushdie) Barbeque whirligig, 1995
A stern Ayatollah Khomeni roasts a bound Salman
Rushdie over a burning copy of Rushdie's proscribed
Satanic Verses. The alternating pen and sword on the propeller
blades signify the eternal struggle between freedom of expression and repressive
intolerance, while the chilling text of the Ayatollah's fatwa, or
death sentence, is printed on the whirligig's tail.
wood, acrylic, twine, paper, brass, and steel
24" high x 24" wide x 15" deep
Salman Barbeque was exhibited at the Center on Contemporary Art (Seattle,
WA), where the respected art critic Mathew Kangas selected it as his "best-of-show
choice", and at the Bellevue Art Museum (Bellevue, WA) in 1996.
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