Milano, 1978

Per Vas Nefandum | 2016 EV

Per Vas Nefandum, 2016 EV
(illustrated sermon, one channel video, colour, sound)
gallery version 9':56
Courtesy: the artist

In Per Vas Nefandum (Latin phrase for ‘Anal Intercourse’, lit. ‘Dirty Way’) a preacher dressed in white proclaims a violent condemnation of homosexuality, alternating sophisticated theological arguments, threats and evocations of the Apocalypse. A creature from Fumai’s universe, Miss Annie Jones, retalliates against the preacher with a refutation of the Apocalypse written by internationally renowned occultist Aleister Crowley.

In Per Vas Nefandum words are not the only relevant elements. Close-ups and details emphasise the preacher’s gestures, expressions, and paraphernalia. Fumai took these items from public orations of famous Christian evangelists - such as Kathryn Kuhlman or Aimee Semple McPherson - who used film and television media to spread their own catechesis. As in other works by Chiara Fumai, the video takes the form of an anti-historical pastiche in which different ages and cultural references collapse. This status is highlighted by the surroundings: the “Witch Head Nebula” from the Orion Constellation where the artist lets parts of her own collages compose a flow of cosmic debris around the preacher. The video was presented for the first time at Mendes Wood gallery DM in Brazil, the world’s leading country for homophobic and transphobic violence.

Per Vas Nefandum
(the illustrated sermon)


"And they called to Lot and said to him, 
Where are the men who came to you tonight?
Bring them out to us  that we can have sex with them"

Genesis 19:5 (Lot welcomes the Angels)

Watch online Per Vas Nefandum to discover how the reality of God's power may be experienced in daily life. 
"An excellent example of how praise backs Satan down comes from her ministry."

"This is an angel from Heaven speaking, not a preacher."












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