Day 379 Madame Bomba

What would you do if you saw a walking bomb? Run? Point? Maybe even laugh?

On Sunday, Lebanese artist Rima Najde wandered the streets of Beirut dressed as a bomb. It was part of her protest against the bombings that have been happening, and she calls this art.

Picture from The Guardian website

I disagree. It’s in very bad taste, especially with the increasing number of bombs that have been going off on Beirut’s streets. Lebanon is also neighbour to Syria, who has been engaged in a civil war for 2 years, 9 months, 4 weeks, 2 days and counting.

However, it did make me think about my own reaction and feelings when I see news pieces about bombings. I hate to admit it, but I’ve grown somewhat detached, because it’s not happening to me, and because there are so many news pieces about bombings. The most recent one that did manage to shock me was the 10 year old Afghan girl who claimed that the Taliban had dispatched her for suicide bombing, but refused to do so. It’s sad to think that young children are being forced to kill themselves, let alone in such a way, and the loss of their childhood.

Of course we all want bombings to stop, but I really don’t think Najde’s ‘art’ is the way to do it. What do you think about her stunt? Let me know in the comments below.

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One thought on “Day 379 Madame Bomba

  1. Rima Najde’s work is no different from the rest of contemporary art. It denounces something by doing it (here, by pretending to do it). If it wouldn’t be of bad taste, it would go unnoticed. You come up with the right question: what is it going to solve? Nothing. The best artists have found so far is to make us think. The rest is up to us.

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