Salman (Rushdie) Barbeque whirligig


Salman (Rushdie) Barbeque

Salman (Rushdie) Barbeque whirligig, 1995
wood, acrylic, twine, paper, brass, and steel
24" high x 24" wide x 15" deep

A stern Ayatollah Khomeni roasts a bound Salman Rushdie over a burning copy of Rushdie's proscribed book, The 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.

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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