‘Policing the Sacred’ broached the most interesting age-old conundrum of art, religion and censorship. It asked that we ourselves examine the lines between hate speech, critique, parody, and appropriation of the sacred and its symbols by artists as well as by governments. Several factors were noted as being particularly relevant now:
– An upsurge of religious values since the fall of Communist regimes;
– Muslims under fire since 9/11;
– The Internet and increased mobility/accessibility of artists and images, across cultures and contexts.
Check out her blog for great, in-depth analysis of the discussion. We’ll upload video of the complete panel this week, watch this space!