Dancing with Ezekiel

Gary L. Atkins

in Imagining Gay Paradise

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083237
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209305 | DOI:
Dancing with Ezekiel

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The jail near Denpasar, Bali, where Walter Spies was first imprisoned, still stands, and for a while also imprisoned the young men who came to Bali in the fall of 2002 to send a message from one imagining of male paradise to another. This chapter compares the representations of masculinity projected by the jihadists who set off bombs on the aesthetic island to the final representations of manhood and nature that Spies created while once again interned, this time in a camp for Germans run by Dutch colonial authorities. Surprisingly, for his final painting, Spies joined in the long-standing artistic tradition in Europe of reflecting on the vision of the Prophet Ezekiel, which provides images of manhood, sexuality, and spirituality.

Keywords: manhood; masculinity; representation; Bali

Chapter.  3624 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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