Mumbai-based artist Julius Macwan has felt strongly about womenâ€™s causes for a long time â€” in solidarity of which he wears skirts, a statement that he feels underlines his connection with and sympathies for the fairer sex. But this very â€˜rule breakingâ€™ got him into a bit of a conundrum in Rome last week.
Julius, a Roman Catholic by birth, inspired by Italyâ€™s greats Michelangelo and Bernini in his art, named after Roman emperor Julius Caesar was ironically stopped at the very gates he was longing to pass through for a very long time â€” he was forbidden from entering the Vatican because he was in a skirt.
â€œI was in a state of shock, my mind was numb,â€ Macwan, now back in Mumbai, recalled. â€œMy most famous work is inspired by the Pieta, it is also called the Pieta/The Death of Magic. I wanted to see the Pieta in the Vatican, had dressed formally for the occasion â€” skirt covering the knees, leg warmers, boots, a half- sleeved shirt. You can say my outfit was inspired by Roman warriors of the past.â€
It might be interesting to note that Macwanâ€™s Pieta/The Death of Magic depicts a self portrait of Julius himself, in a skirt, holding the body of a woman in a bikini, representative of the magic of womanhood dying in a male-controlled world. Macwanâ€™s Pieta is now part of Harsh Goenkaâ€™s collection. [more]