Censorship in Western Society & Losing Our FreedomPosted by Franziska on May 11, 2012 in Art, Blog | 5 comments
I was just reading a blog post by my artist friend Janice Tanton about a tax audit that she just recently had to go through. It was painful for her. Please read her post, it’s passionate and I love how she is speaking the truth.
Most of the times, auditors do not understand what visual artists do. And it’s everyone’s fault why that is. Now my thought went even further: we are losing our freedom that our ancestors fought for. Maybe we have already lost it?
How do we lose our freedom? By ignorance, a meaningless life, uniform cultures, convenience and censorship. It’s slowly creeping up on us and we let it happen and participate in it. You may ask: censorship? Not in the free world. In fact, it happens every day and the problem is that it is not loud, it is quiet and sneaky. WE, the people censor by our behavior and ignorance.
Visual artists have a message. We don’t just make pretty things that can be reproduced and hung on walls to match our styled homes.
tell a story
dare to dream
point out problems
This week, I participated in an art competition and my artwork got disqualified by a one-man-jury (?) who had 100 paintings to evaluate in 3 days. The event was sponsored by a few people whose names were all over the local media. Additionally, a participation fee was required. Neither did the jury know the background of the artists, their messages, philosophy and work process, nor did they ask for a written explanation of the artwork.
This is the ignorance I am talking about:
- Art is used to polish the image of a few people (who should rather put their logos & names on shopping carts)
- Art is like golfing when we retire and there’s nothing else to do
- Art is decoration
- Art is exclusive for people who eat caviar and sip champagne
- Art should be pleasant and be “eye-candy”
- Art is entertainment
- Art can’t be taken seriously
- Art is a hobby
While this can be true, most of the time it is NOT.
Why am I painting on recycled material? Why do I build frames from scrap wood? Why do I use natural earth pigments? Why am making my paint from scratch? Don’t you think there is a message behind the scenes? A mission? A demand?
A mission to deliver a message…
Do what you love
Save the environment (therefore us & the world)
Think before act
Save the world
Stop wars (and fights over resources)
Freedom of speech (in writing, acting and expression)
We are individuals living in a society which is part of the world and the universe. We are one and all, yet alone together. And when we stop being individuals, then we become mashed potatoes with cheese on top and we have lost our freedom.
Stop censorship now and stop allowing us to take our freedom of speech away!