Art

Confronting the Confrontationalists

“Critical commentary”, “confrontational work”, “disturbing take” and “frighteningly true” are all clichés of contemporary artist statements. Although the clichés obviously help sales, I sometimes wonder where confrontation ends and bigotry begins. Furthermore, I wonder whether “confrontation” is really the most effective way to expand awareness. In other words, will “confronting” people help them consider a new viewpoint or merely confirm our own? Such questions could be applied to most art mediums in Australia, but it is the movie industry where it is easiest to see some of the ulterior motives that masquerade as confrontation. One of the features of Australia’s…

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