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Piss Christ - Andres Serrano

Piss Christ, a model of Christ submerged in a glass of the artists’ own urine and then photographed is Andres Serrano controversial creation. It was essentially the first visual prototype of the use of shock in contemporary art. It originally set out to provoke thoughts on the misuse of religion; however its message is encountered as completely outrageous and appears to adopt the offensive guise as part of its meaning. It’s a vivid and intense image of an icon we are all too familiar with.

Piss Christ (1987)
The controversy peaked earlier this year on Palm Sunday in France when the piece was attacked by a group of Catholics leading an “anti-blasphemy” campaign who found the work offensive, rather peculiar since, the work is not intended to denounce religion; it simply suggests the cheapening of Christian icons in contemporary culture.