On Sunday, avant-garde NYC subway performer Kalan Sherrard and partner Maria Valenzuela were arrested after protesting inside Art Basel. Most of the media headlines centered on Sherrard's suspiciously large package. The 27-year-old had a dildo stuffed down his pants and when he removed it, Miami Beach police officers apparently mistook it for a gun, causing them to throw Sherrard to the ground.
Worried that the point of his protest had been lost amidst the penis jokes, Sherrard sent us a statement explaining why he took on the art fair.
"It is tragic to see one of the last tools of liberation and elevation appropriated by the very people who are standing on the throats of those they are keeping it from," he wrote. "Wealth is based on poverty, privilege on oppression, and we decry the colonial irony, privatization and commercialization of potentially transcendental forms and ideas by bourgeois elites."
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