Alejandro Jodorowsky Speaks Out After El Museo del Barrio Calls Off Retrospective
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Alejandro Jodorowsky Speaks Out After El Museo del Barrio Calls Off Retrospective

Alejandro Jodorowsky. Photo: Maria Eugenia Cerutti. Earlier this week, El Museo del Barrio in New York canceled a major retrospective dedicated to Chilean-born artist Alejandro Jodorowsky after reassessing a controversial interview he gave in which he claims to have raped a female costar. The act of sexual violence allegedly happened while filming a scene for the surreal Western El Topo . In the 1972 book “El Topo: A Book of the Film” Jodorowsky said, “I really raped her. And she screamed.” On Thursday, Jodorowsky came forward to explain his decades-old statements, which he claims was a publicity stunt. In a statement provided to Artforum , he said: “These words: ‘I’ve raped my actress,’ was said fifty years ago by El Topo, a bandit dressed in black leather that nobody knew. They were words, not facts, Surrealist publicity in order to enter the world of cinema from a position of obscurity. I do not condone the act of rape, but exploited the shock value of the statement at the time, following years in the Panic Movement and other iterations of harnessing shock to motivate energetic release.” “I acknowledge that this statement is problematic in that it presents fictional violence against […]

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