Letter: 'Olympic Chickens' an affront to art

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The Independent Online
Sir: As a representative of the arts world (I am a composer) I wish to express my revulsion for the photographs of Olympic Chickens by Carina Weidle which you published on 1 May.

If human corpses were shaved of hair, decapitated and manipulated in grotesque, statuesque parodies for "artistic" presentation, would this not constitute a violation of human dignity?

The protests over live animal transport are equally about dignity, and the arts world has a responsibility towards it, as Goya and Picasso demonstrate. To satirise slaughter in the manner of these photographs is an affront to the meaning of art.

Yours faithfully,


East Horsley, Surrey