Type: Video Art / Political Activism
Poem by: Ed Madden
Music By: Max Simon
Saint Sebastian: Anthony Bellapigna
Camera, Photography and Editing: Stokes Piercy
Conceived and Directed by: Santiago Echeverry
IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi1946657561/
Political video art piece based on American poet Ed Madden’s poem PRICK that uses Saint Sebastian’s image to explore the Conservatives’ bigoted attacks on the LGBT community, not only in the US, but also in countries like Colombia, Russia and Uganda. The word prick acquires a deeper definition especially when teenagers commit suicide after nasty words are being thrown at them like arrows. But like Sebastian, who actually survived his ordeal, things will get better when we expose and deal with these pricks for what they are: bigots.
Saint Sebastian, tied to an imaginary tree with imaginary ropes, is willingly attacked by words describing what a Prick is in today's culture: a double moral person obsessed with what Gay men do with their private parts, forgetting about who they are or who they love. The camera explores the Saint's body as the animated words from Ed Madden's poem attack it like arrows missing their mark. The private parts of his gorgeous body are never exposed, and the full body is only revealed at the end of a textual attack symbolizing the bullying that most of us endure quietly every day of our lives.