The Dalston London art gallery, LD50, directed by a 35-year-old Spanish woman and former herbal-supplement-company owner named Lucia Diego, acted as a platform white nationalist art and speakers all last year.
Alt-right blogger Mark Citadel is one of the white male speakers, with pretensions towards being a member of Victorian nobility, on a crusade to free white men psychologically enslaved by women and minorities.
The concepts of free speech, truth to power, white nationalism and misogyny are all strangely intertwined in his brain.
Those concepts are all in direct contradiction, as it is impossible to have a white nation without women or a white nation without oppressing the free speech and movement of non-whites, but let’s put that aside for a moment.
Reading through the frenzied scroll of Mark Citadel’s stilted, 19th-century-styled writings, you may get the impression that what he says about minorities wielding secret power is original just by virtue of being confrontational.
It’s not. Blaming minority conspiracy for government failure, in effusive language, has been done before. The Nazi party also did the same thing, falsely blaming jews for undermining a Government which became unpopular amid WWI chaos and painting them as heroin dealers.
But perhaps this is a good sign. White male resistance is a sign of progress towards a truly equal governance. The inevitable outcome of any egalitarian or democratic progress in the Western world, if you think about it.
Supposing democracy ever got more (or even was incorrectly perceived to be more) effective at representing marginalised or popular groups, the incumbent wealthy white male population would naturally protest.
The incorrect perception that black people and women were fairly represented in US politics was on the rise in the Obama years when visibility and the profile of black politicians increased. Despite this, the number of black representatives in the house is less than in the general us population (10% in the house vs 16% of the US population) and in the Senate it’s worse with black representation at 1% of the Senate. Women are also underrepresented in Congress, about 20% in each house despite comprising 50% of the population. There is no evidence that minority interests are advanced by government, especially as calls for stronger laws protecting against rape and police brutality against black people go unheeded.
So much for minorities secretly controlling the American government.
Given the incoherent and poorly reasoned nature of the ideas presented by this gallery and its acolytes, it is apparent the events taking place at this gallery are all about appearances and the psychological desire for “otherness” rather than substance.
O.D. Untermesh put it perfectly in his article on the LD50 Gallery in Mute: “Take away the veneer of irony and you see only a few slimy individuals toying with repugnant ideas that most good artists would give no merit, even as illusory discourse.”
Diego Lucia’s art galley website is evidence of her reveling in the attention the recent controversial exhibitions have brought. It doesn’t matter that the attention is not really even directed at the art itself – because the emotional register of the artwork was by all accounts superficial – but at the gallery’s apparent utility as a neo-nazi meeting space.
The gallery is so keen on all this attention that it has idiosyncratically included a feed of negative tweets about itself, pathetically posting:
Daily updates – come back, dont miss it !
In a blatant cry for attention, female nazi apologist Lucia Diego, is a hanger-on in the vanguard of the misogynistic “Alt-right All Boys Club” trying to gain a shred of notoriety in the indifferent art world, all while enjoying the privileges and protections of egalitarian liberal democracy that egalitarian women attained.
That these individuals are willing do the equivalent of a silly tap-dance to the centuries-old tune of intolerance in hope someone will mistake if for a new smash hit just shows how low creative people will stoop to for fame.