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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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Circling Around the Clock Tower: A Visual (Her) story of People through Time


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Katarzyna Smyczyńska

Kazimierz Wielki University

Circling Around the Clock Tower: A Visual (Her)story of People through Time

Abstract: The essay “Circling Around the Clock Tower: a Visual (Her)story of People through Time” discusses a vision of time and history in a picture book by Iwona Chmielewska, a contemporary Polish picture book artist. Inspired by the artistic credo of the Themersons, the analysis focuses on the unconventional form and multimodal character the book. Its meaning resides in the interdependence of image and word, and in sophisticated and playful visual metaphors that encourage active and critical response. In her book about Toruń the artist constructs a multifaceted fictional world which becomes a narrative of cultural memory, but also a personal vision of the city’s history.

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