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Artist uses blood in his new exhibition

By Brendan McDaid

An artist will use fresh human blood in a new exhibition opening in Londonderry this weekend.

Russian artist Andrei Molodkin will be unveiling his newest installation ‘Catholic Blood in the Rose Window of the Houses of Parliament’ at the Void gallery this weekend.

A second, older work meanwhile will present religious images being pumped with both crude oil and human blood.

Molodkin’s most recent projects have included trying to make oil from human corpses with a giant pressure cooker.

The former Soviet era soldier’s newest project for Derry has been specifically created with the city and with Northern Ireland in mind.

It centres on the Catholic Relief Act of 1829 and the clause of the British constitution that forbids an MP from advising the sovereign on ecclesiastical matters if they are Catholic.

Molodkin explores the implicit belief contained within this legislation that no British Prime Minister could ever be Catholic.

The installation will feature a centrepiece acrylic sculpture which is an exact replica of the Rose Window located on the facade of Parliament.

Molodkin’s show is part of the Void gallery’s 2013 City of Culture year programme. The show will run until June 28.

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