David LaChapelle ‘Jesus is my home boy’

A video of the opening night of ‘Jesus is my homeboy’ in London (13/10/2008) made by Matt Robinson

What i found interesting about this video was finding out that in this shot

the tear which is a reference to the biblical story of Mary Magdalene but instead of washing Jesus’ feet with her tears, the tear on this womans face is seamen. This raises all sorts of questions, is it a reference to her prostitute past? is it about jesus’ apparent relationship with Mary Magdalene? LaChapelle leaves this to us to decode, he always says he isn’t trying to be controversial or shock anyone, maybe it’s because we live in such a sexualised culture this is how it might be in a modern day situation. A lot of people raise issues of sexuality in David LaChapelle’s work, in this case, Mary Magdalene has been depicted naked for a long time, it is meant to reference her sins, as LaChapelle is doing in this image by putting her in red underwear, the colour of the devil.

Maru Magdalene by Giovanni Pietro Rizzoli painted in the 1500's and she is naked