Andres Serrano - Quotes

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One of the things that I am happy about in my life as an artist is that I am not considered a Hispanic artist. ---->>>

Oftentimes we love the thing we hate and vice versa. ---->>>

I like to believe that rather than destroy icons, I make new ones. ---->>>

Some people have compared the Klan images to ecclesiastical figures. ---->>>

As a former Catholic, and as someone who even today is not opposed to being called a Christian, I felt I had every right to use the symbols of the Church and resented being told not to. ---->>>

I am an artist first and a photographer second. ---->>>

I have always felt that I am the sum total of my parts. ---->>>

I have never voted in my life. ---->>>

An artist is nothing without his or her obsessions, and I have mine. ---->>>

Being born, especially being born a person of color, is a political act in itself. ---->>>

I think if the Vatican is smart, someday they'll collect my work. ---->>>

In my work, I explore my own Catholic obsessions. ---->>>

My use of the medium - photography - is in some ways traditional. ---->>>

My work is intensely personal. ---->>>

Unfortunately, the Church's position on most contemporary issues makes it hard to take them seriously. ---->>>

I am drawn to Christ but I have real problems with the Catholic Church. ---->>>

I have never been able to see myself as fitting into one category, and I have never been able to limit my contact with people to one group of people. ---->>>

I like Church furniture. ---->>>

I like going to Church for aesthetic reasons, rather than spiritual ones. ---->>>

My work has social implications, it functions in a social arena. ---->>>

I am just an artist. ---->>>

I have always felt that my work is religious, not sacrilegious. ---->>>

I don't think that because I am Hispanic I should therefore do Hispanic work. ---->>>

I like the aesthetics of the Church. ---->>>

I usually refer to myself as Hispanic. ---->>>

People have to find ways of explaining the work. ---->>>

Whenever possible, I operate outside the system. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 08-15, 1950
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
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Occupation: Photographer
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Andres Serrano (born August 15, 1950) is an American photographer and artist who has become famous through his photos of corpses and his use of feces and bodily fluids in his work, notably his controversial work "Piss Christ", a red-tinged photograph of a crucifix submerged in a glass container of what was purported to be the artist's own urine (wikipedia)