A ndres Serrano has never shied away from controversy. Back in his work Piss Christ — a photograph of a plastic crucifix submerged in a glass of his own urine — led to accusations of blasphemy, and the work is still the subject of protests whenever it appears in exhibitions. It delves into the world of torture, throughout history and up to the present day. Ten photographs from the series are currently on display at Stills Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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During the last century, photographs of mass murder in Nazi Germany, Argentina, Cambodia, Rwanda, and the former Yugoslavia seared the civilized conscience with their revelations of barbarity. Some of the more irrefutable images were the most clinical, eschewing the empathy of the documentary observer while cataloging the horrors as a form of record-keeping, leaving it to the viewer to arrive at the moral calculus of each atrocity. Given that extensive image archives tend to emerge only after the fact, a crushing sense of moral failure on the part of the viewer could be mitigated by a sense that, had the international community only known of the atrocities sooner and in such visceral detail, a more active response might have been provoked. Many documentary photographers today continue to take enormous physical and psychological risks for just this reason: to expose contemporary abuses so that, the expectation endures, something may be done to rectify them.
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Four men who were detained by police in İstanbul for carrying a pump-action rifle in their automobile were subjected to acts of torture at the police station to which they were taken, according to photos obtained by the Mesopotamia news agency. One of the men, Serkan Sezer, said acts of torture against him and his friends by the police began immediately after the rifle, which belongs to his father, was found. He said the police officers began to use insulting words against them and handcuffed them from behind. When the men were at the police station, Sezer said they were taken to a room where there were no security cameras and that the police officers began to hit them and fastened their handcuffs to radiator pipes in the room.
AP — A California man who previously escaped from jail and was on the run for a week was convicted Friday of kidnapping and torturing a marijuana dispensary owner who he mistakenly believed had buried large sums of money in the desert. A jury in Newport Beach found Hossein Nayeri, 40, guilty of two counts of kidnapping and one count of torture in the abduction of the dispensary owner and his roommate's girlfriend. Authorities said Nayeri and three others plotted to kidnap and rob the man, who was bound and burned with a blow torch while his captors drove through the desert demanding the money. They cut off his penis before leaving him and the woman on the side of a road. As part of their case, Orange County prosecutors alleged that Nayeri inflicted great bodily injury on the victim, but jurors didn't find the enhancement to be true.