Bangladesh artists sorry for dog-collar feminist stunt

Agence France-Presse . Dhaka | Published: 00:00, Jan 01,2020


Two Bangladeshi artists who feature in viral videos of a man being led in the street on a dog leash have apologised for offending the country’s ‘culture’ after being summoned by police.

Videos of Afsana Shejuty and Tutul Chowdhury’s stunt -- a remake of a landmark 1968 feminist performance -- were shared hundreds of thousands of times on social media and drew thousands of negative comments.

In the footage, Shejuty, a student at the Dhaka University fine arts faculty, is seen leading the near-naked Chowdhury down a busy street in the capital.

Police said they summoned the two on Sunday following complaints.

According to a police statement, the duo explained that they were re-enacting ‘From the Portfolio of Doggedness’, one of a series of feminist art performances staged in Vienna in 1968.

‘They expressed their sorrow’ and promised not to repeat the act, the statement added, calling the stunt ‘anti-Bangladeshi culture’ that was done without permission.

In comments to media published before the summons, Shejuty said the performance art was a ‘sociological and behavioural’ case study.

‘Society doesn’t tolerate it when a woman ties a rope around a man’s throat and walks holding the leash,’ Shejuty told The Daily Sun newspaper. ‘We wanted to reflect the system that the society has imposed on us,’ she said.

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