In an extraordinary art performance the famous and controversial London artist Mark McGowan is to stand dressed as a MONKEY with a large sign around his neck, asking in English, ARE ALL SPANISH RACISTS? The event is to start on Friday, March 28, 2008, at 10am and is to last for seven days non-stop: it will take place in Plaza del Triunfo, outside the Seville Cathedral.
The project is in response to numerous high profile sporting occasions such as the recent Lewis Hamilton incident in Barcelona; and when England played Spain, large sections of the Madrid crowd directed monkey chants at Shaun Wright Phillips and Ashley Cole. Also, the Barcelona manager Frank Rikyard had to beg one of his players Samuel Eto into staying on the pitch after racist abuse in Zaragoza.
McGowan says: "Obviously this is a provocative stunt, but I have been asked to do a piece of art work in Spain by the gallery Suffix in Seville and I wanted to tackle this question and go out onto the streets of Seville and ask them are they racists. This is not an attempt to get an answer but to the Spanish people, how can you tolerate this? I will be there every day for a week, I hope my project raises some debate."
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