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Art and Terror

Art and terror are both deeply contentious terms which have often been brought into uncomfortable proximity. Both terms have two fundamental qualities in common: they are extremely difficult to define, and they carry with them—inseparably, it seems—a value judgement. In the past, art has openly glorified the violence of monarchs, churches and states; and it has of course been subject to terror as iconoclasts have sought to expunge the practices and even the memory of a faith or a culture. In this series of lectures, art historians, photographers and some of the foremost experts in photojournalism will explore the modern and contemporary nexus of art and terror. Among the questions they will examine are how images serve and magnify terror, the role of gender, the transformations brought about by social media, the issue of distance (aesthetic and otherwise) and how past conflicts speak to the present.

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