Extremism Targets Art in Pakistan

January 07, 2013

From the New York Times:

Administrators at the National College of Arts, Pakistan’s leading arts college based in Lahore, are waiting to find out whether they will be charged with blasphemy, a crime punishable by death. Last summer, the college’s contemporary arts journal reproduced homoerotic paintings by Muhammad Ali depicting clerics alongside seminude young boys.

The controversy is the latest example of Pakistan’s institutions crumbling in the face of extremism and a sign that artistic expression here also is in danger.

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