by Rebecca Honig Friedman
Check out my interview with Iconia’s Menachem Wecker on the concept of “evil art.” It’s on The Docent, the resident blog of The Jewish Channel (TJC), which for those who don’t know is where I spend my non-blogging working hours (though sometimes I blog there, too). Here’s a bit of what Menachem has to say about people who do bad things but make good art:
I think we need to be open to the possibility that art might be the last shred of goodness and creativity that remains in some very destructive people.
Human sacrifices happened on very beautifully made altars. They were simultaneously awful and evil and beautiful. This shouldn’t scare us, and we shouldn’t worry about humanizing evil. I think evil is not to be pushed away as Other.
Art lets us see that very often people who are destructive also create sometimes, and rather than seeing that as a liability of creativity, or as evil creations, we should see it, at least sometimes, as a struggle within that person.
Check out the other posts on The Docent for discussion about and insight into cultural and political topics relevant to TJC’s programming.
Posted on December 4th, 2007 Filed under: Interviews |