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Religion Reinterpreted
September 30, 2013   
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A new exhibition at the Zachęta National Gallery of Art entitled In God We Trust features work by over 30 American artists and aims to highlight the wide variety of religious beliefs and practices in the United States.

The “In God We Trust” phrase can be interpreted as a strong statement of faith or as an expression of freedom of religion, in all its forms.

Visitors can see photographs taken by famous pop-art photographer David LaChapelle. A student of Andy Warhol, LaChapelle had his first pictures printed in Interview magazine. Specializing in fashion and advertising, LaChapelle takes distinct, colorful photographs which over the years have depicted such showbusiness and pop icons as Madonna, Michael Jackson and Angelina Jolie. Religious themes and esthetics are a frequent element of his photographs and are translated into LaChapelle’s own artistic language. One example, on show at Zachęta, is a series of six photographs entitled Jesus Is My Homeboy. They are pop-culture takes on well-known biblical scenes, such as Jesus meeting Mary Magdalene and Jesus feeding the multitude, a scene that LaChapelle set amid an American public housing project.

The exhibition also includes work by Michael Murphy, including his Team Extreme Jesus installation in which the giant head of Jesus Christ is made of toy soldiers. Questions of faith and spirituality are also found in work by highly accomplished artist Bill Viola, a Buddhist who is famous for his visually refined sound-and-video installations. Other U.S. artists featured at the Zachęta gallery include Edgar Arceneaux, Nina Berman, Huma Bhabba, Peter Bogers and Angela Ellsworth.

Until Nov. 10
In God We Trust; Zach´ta National Gallery of Art
3 Małachowskiego St., tel. 22 827-58-54
www.zacheta.art.pl; Open Tue.-Sun. noon-8 p.m.
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