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Art, Ethics and Provocation


Anna Suwalska-Kolecka and Izabella Penier

The main purpose of this volume is to look into a wide spectrum of artistic ventures which cross boundaries and challenge habitual thinking, consequently involving an element of provocation. While it is true that not all great art is provocative, the most memorable artefacts are these which have confounded our aesthetic expectations or stirred our moral imagination. However, as the turn of the millennium witnessed ever more shocking artistic gestures of provocation, the question arises if there are any limits to artistic freedom. The essays collected in this book offer a truly interdisciplinary perspective and deal with creative acts of transgression from a broad range of fields: literature, theatre, visual art, film, anthropology, and others. This volume will appeal to readers interested in artistic and academic pursuits that are subversive and irreverent.
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The editors gratefully acknowledge financial support from The City of Płock and The State School of Higher Professional Education in Płock, Poland. We also wish to thank all the contributors to this book for their close cooperation. Last but not least, the editors would like to thank all the persons and institutions that organise the SkArPa Themersons Festival – an annual event held in Płock that spans several days. It celebrates the works of Franciszka and Stefan Themerson, Polish-born avant-garde artists, whose life-long commitment to staking out new ground in art and literature was an inspiration for the editors of this volume. Special thanks are due to Płock Art Centre (POKIS) for their enthusiasm and help in bringing this project to fruition, and to Jasia Reichardt for her thought-provoking comments. ← 7 | 8 →

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