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Artículo 'Shocking' exhibition in Berlin depicts Paris Bataclan attacker and 9/11 pilot as 'martyrs' Culture


'Shocking' exhibition in Berlin depicts Paris Bataclan attacker and 9/11 pilot as 'martyrs'



The terrorists appear alongside Martin Luther King and Socrates as people who have died by their convictions

Anna Freeman

05 Diciembre 2017 15:32

A Berlin art installation dedicated to 'martyrs' has prompted outrage by including one of the Paris jihadist attackers, alongside the likes of Martin Luther King and Socrates, with the French embassy calling the display 'deeply shocking'.

The so-called Martyr Museum by a Danish art collective shows the portraits of 20 people throughout history who 'died for their convictions' accompanied by short biographies.

The exhibition includes an image of French jihadist Ismael Omar Mostefai, one of three gunmen and suicide bombers who stormed the Bataclan concert venue in Paris in 2015, killing 90 people. On display next to his portrait is an entrance ticket to the Bataclan.

Also sharing a wall with US civil rights icon King and Greek philosopher Socrates is Mohammed Atta, the pilot who rammed a plane into one of New York’s World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001.

The weeklong installation by the art group, The Other Eye of the Tiger, was inaugurated last Wednesday at the Kunstquartier Bethanien art centre. The French embassy in Berlin expressed 'consternation' and said it found the decision to include the attackers 'deeply shocking'.

'While keeping in mind our attachment to the freedom of artistic creation, we strongly condemn the confusion here between martyrdom and terrorism,' it said in a statement.

But the art collective defended the show, saying that it condemned any kind of violence or terrorism and that it was merely taking a wide look at the usage of the term 'martyr'.

'All the martyrs in the artwork have been appointed martyr by either a state, religion or an organisation. None of the martyrs have been appointed by the artists,' it said in a statement.