Los Intocables, a work by Erik Ravelo is one of the art installations topping the Controversial art list of all time. It “touches” too sensitive questions.
Los Intocables is a campaign to raise awareness on the right to childhood and the factors that threaten it. It is supported by the UNHATE Foundation, the heart of Benetton Group’s social activities.
Seven photographs depict the main issues threatening the basic dignity of children around the world: pedophilia inside religious walls, sexual tourism, the civil war in Syria, liberal circulation of firearms, human organ trafficking, obesity and nuclear pollution.
The artwork recreates the image of the cross and juxtaposes both the victim and the abuser. A threatening-looking adult (a priest, a soldier, a nuclear engineer, a tourist…) takes the shape of a cross and the victim is the child crucified on his back. The controversial choice of the cross was intended to depict both the pain carried by the victims and the factors affecting their childhood. The word Los Intocables (The Untouchables) refers to those who must be protected (the children) and those who remain unprosecuted (the abusers).Los Intocables won the 2014 Epica Award (Silver) in the Public Interest category and has been a very controversial artwork, as we tend to ignore matters that are too sensitive.
The artwork ignited a fire about censorship practices online. Facebook deemed the material too shocking and removed it from the website. A petition was started to allow the artist to display the work on Facebook.