Alain Leroy, owner of EVE auction house in Paris, which recently sold 25 Hopi and Apache sacred objects against the objections of the Hopi and Apache Nations to which they rightfully belong, as well as petitions by Indigenous rights organizations and last-ditch efforts by the US embassy to halt the auction. The sales ended up fetching $1.3 million.
Take a moment to digest this incredibly aggressive statement of European and French colonialism by this racist prick. He explicitly believes that literally nothing is sacred and everything originating in the non-white world can simply be snatched up through force by white people if they feel like it. Sacred objects are reduced to “aesthetic shock” value for white enjoyment, while “anthropological issues”, i.e. non-white peoples and cultures, are “secondary”. They don’t even give a fuck if it’s Maori or Hopi or whatever colonized people, who cares, if they like it, they can take it.
The French market views Native art in a different way than the American. The French consider anthropological issues as secondary. The most important is the visual, aesthetic shock. In Paris, any collector experiencing an aesthetic emotion, and a direct contact with an item, will buy it. It doesn’t matter whether it’s Maori or Hopi. When you have the chance, you have to pick it up.
we think we’re made of numbers. percentages on tests, pounds on a scale, likes on a photo, price tags on clothes. but we’re not. we are made of love and happiness and they way we laugh. we’re made of good memories and late nights and past-curfews. we have more substance than numbers.
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vee loves to dress up in elle’s princess dresses, effectively making them princen dresses. i tentatively posted a photo of him and elle dressed as merida and rapunzel on facebook, but it’s giving me a tiny shred of anxiety bc what if my friends say something?
my babies are beautiful no matter what they wear.