April 23, 2012

Does Sweden's #CakeGate point to racial problems?

Country’s Culture Minister has apologised, but some say it’s not enough.

Photo by Marianne Lindberg De Geer

A viral image of a Swedish cake art installation has touched off a firestorm of questions.

Artist Makode Linde says the showpiece, a cake in the shape of a naked black woman, was meant to highlight female genital mutilation on World Art Day.

The Minister of Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth was captured cutting into the reproductive region of the artwork, leading to an outcry across the country and online.

She has apologised for any unintentional offense, but some say it’s not enough and have called for her resignation.

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to Dowoti Desir, founder of Durban Declaration & Programme of Action (DDPA) Watch, and Jallow Momodou, spokesman for the National Afro-Swedish Association and National Coordinator for the European Network Against Racism in Sweden.

What do you think? Is Sweden’s #CakeGate art or a symbol of racial problems? Send us your thoughts and comments on Facebook or Twitter using hashtag #AJStream.