Art and Limits

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My friend and I keep having these discussions (a.k.a. arguments) on and off every week and one off every week. Among the most interesting of these is about the boundaries of art.

It all started with the Danish cartoons. (please do read about it before you go ahead). While, my friend took the stance that cartoons were meant to ridicule a subject and must be taken as a joke and not seriously. And, any action against it will be a curtailment of freedom of art. Making the statement – ‘Art has no Limits’.

Well, now coming to my side of things. Lets go back to 1940s, during the Nazi rule in Germany, there were something very similar in the German press about Jews.

Lets go even further back to the Kemble Illustrations in Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain’s classic).

and now that we have the visual evidence in front of us. I think it will be easier to make the connections. In the 1800s during the black oppression and slavery in America, a lot of art took derogatory stances against the black population depicting them as evil, poor, without morals and emphasizing their physical features like broad lips. In 1940s, the Nazi came out with a similar anti-semantics propaganda showing Jews as sly, money making, oppressive people. And in the 2000s when a stereotype associating Islam with terrorism is prominent , cartoons derogating Mohammad  and Islam seems to be the norm of the day.

While I still say, art  should be free and not have any boundaries, this doesn’t mean art should not be defined by ethics. It should be politically correct and strive towards getting rid of stereotypes rather than making money by satirizing and reinforcing them. For me the danish cartoons are as wrong as the anti-Jew cartoons or the anti-black cartoons.

I rest my case.

7 Responses to “Art and Limits”

  1. Roderik Says:
    May 8th, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    You rest your case?

  2. Roderik Says:
    May 8th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    You mean you rest in a case?

  3. Roderik Says:
    May 8th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    They must have burried you alive for all of your spoken out controversial opinions.

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    May 8th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

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  5. Roderik Says:
    May 8th, 2009 at 11:40 pm


  6. admin Says:
    May 8th, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    i accept defeat … wave white flag

  7. Roderik Says:
    May 9th, 2009 at 1:11 am

    You hate flags of any other colour dont you?

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