When dying for your art is all part of the spectacle

A matador and bull

Here is my latest article published in the Guardian:

“It is amazing what some people will do in the name of their craft,” I thought to myself last Friday as I was confronted with graphic images of Spanish matador Julio Aparicio being gored in the neck at Madrid’s Las Ventas bullring.

Animal rights issues surrounding bullfighting aside, the nature of Aparicio’s injuries not only serves to remind us how brutal this activity can be for the men and women involved, but also questions the motivation behind such dangerous activities – whether they be considered a sport, an art form, or simply an attention-grabbing venture in which people willingly place their lives in jeopardy.

Published on 25-05-10. Read on here

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