Lebanon: Sculptures spark suspicion of Satanism

Over 20 of Michel Elefteriades’ sculptures have been seized by Lebanese authorities on the grounds that they could be interpreted as Satanist symbols, reported online arts portal Hyperallergic on 21 January 2016.

On 6 January 2016 police arrested a worker at the bronze factory that Elefteriades uses to cast his sculptures and then summoned the artist to the police station where he was interrogated for several hours, he told the website. Police asked him to explain the meaning behind his works.

The confiscated pieces are being stored in a guarded warehouse for an undetermined amount of time until they are examined to see if they are indeed satanic in nature.

Photo of statue, including quote, from artist’s Twitter


» L’Orient Le Jour – 23 January 2016:
The Elefteriades case or socio-political instrumentalisation of the “sacred”

» Hyperallergic – 21 January 2016:
Suspicions of Satanism spur seizure of artist’s sculptures

» Le Figaro – 18 January 2016:
Lebanon sculptures deemed ‘satanic’ seized by police

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