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11 September 2019

Exploiting Orientalism

In the last round of European elections, the far right party AfD (Alternative für Deutschland) in Germany designed a campaign billboard that misappropriates an orientalist painting from the 19th century, “The Slave Market” by French painter Jean-Léon Gérôme. The painting portrays the sale of a naked white slave to three Arab men donning turbans. Surrounding the young woman, who is reduced to an erotic object, the y examine her as an object of desire, one of them putting two fingers into her mouth.

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