Decades of Institutional Swedish Anti-Racism Undone by Art Cake Experiment

This image is exloding across the Internet, and has quite understandably caused an international as well as national uproar, in Sweden, making the world wonder if Sweden has been out of its mind all along, despite its carefully cultivated image.

The piece accompanying the photo, by Johan Palme, is direct, informative, and revealing.

I have never resonated with the word “art;” This seems to me to be a psychological experiment, a la, Milgram etc.

Art is clearly going in the direction of really hungering more and more for human, audience participation, ie, tending much more toward what is called “performance art” but really is “audience reaction art.”

When I first saw the photo, as a half Swede, I literally could not believe my eyes. I was very grateful to have Palme’s essay unpacking it for me.

It’s really really really…..bizarre.

About Celia Farber

Celia Farber is a journalist, author, and editor based in New York City, who grew up in Sweden and New York City. Farber has written on a variety of subjects for Harper's, Rolling Stone, Esquire, The New York Observer, and many more. In 2008, Celia Farber won the Semmelweis International Society’s Clean Hands Award For Investigative Journalism, and is the author of "Serious Adverse Events: An Uncensored History of AIDS." (MHP/Random House, 2006.)

She has a son, Jeremy, now 21.

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