For years artists have been using art as a means to protest and fight against taboos, prejudices and bans. For generations, artworks have been banned for various reasons from political to religious, but never has it deterred the creators, but rather fuel their creativity to the most.
Many books have been banned from time to time for various reasons, in India recently few history books were banned, and books by secular authors, raising a new debate about censorship.
There are thousands of books that have been banned around the world for some reason or the other. It is to protest this banning of literature that this artist decided to build a life-size monument with banned books.
From Harry Potter to Anne Frank’s Diary, many world-known classics have been banned in countries for even the most strange reasons, and this project is meant to stand tall against such moves.
Argentinian artist Marta Minujín is made a replica of the Greek Parthenon with 100,000 copies of banned books as a symbol of resistance. The Parthenon of Books is being set up in Kassel, Germany as part of the Documenta 14 art festival. The venue is also equally important.
The installation is being built on Friedrichsplatz in Kassel, where some 2,000 books were burned by Nazis during the campaign against the Un-German Spirit.
The Greek Parthenon also has its own significance. It was originally the temple of goddess Athena.
While some of these books are banned in one country, it may be circulated in others. One can visit the website of documenta 14 and see the list of books and can send in their donation.
The banned books have been covered in plastic sheets and fixed on huge pillars supporting the monumental structure.