The Anatomy of Rage
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
Lu Yang is analysing a religious figure, finding rage in it. There is
something very controversial in this, mixing religion, art and science.
By analysing a religious figure, it may be controversial both what you
do find and what you do not find. If an x-ray photo shows a hollow
plastic figure, this could be a strong critique of religion. Instead,
through her analysis she finds rage.
I am not familiar with all
the deities of Buddhism. This one is supposed to be the Wrathful
Vajrasattva, a god that seems violent, but is the god of mercy of
compassion. Lu Yang presents a god fully prepared for war and violence.
The x-ray photo show a body built to carry and use a wide specter of
weapons. And the video show in detail each weapon, how it is used and
its skills. It is like seeing the spesifications of a computer game
hero. I can not find any mild and merciful skills in the analysis.
is it possible for a deity to be so full of rage and violence, and at
the same time be the god of mercy and compassion? Or is it only about rage?