Political correctness on steroids is the antithesis of greatness. If we are focused on grammar while reading poetry we will miss the essence and soul of the words. Political correctness not only kills the joy of life but it is a devise that tries to silence criticism. It is an invention of the uncreative mind to rein in and keep in check the creative ones. It is politically incorrect to be different, original, not tow the line or be yourself in favour of making the group look good. Political correctness is a form of making sure that no one stands out.
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Paul Harfleet has been planting pansies at the sites of homophobic abuse for the past 15 years. It’s a small act of memorial but it is powerful. His message is one of resistance. The Pansy marks a moment and it remembers a story. The act of planting and recording ensures that what happened is not forgotten.
I don’t have the time to write about many of the interesting artworks i discover over conversations or even through my visits to galleries, festivals and museums. So i put them in a digital drawer that i often forget to open. Today, however, i’d like to share with you an installation i discovered while discussing with Peter Bencze during the Fotopub festival in Novo Mesto, Slovenia. Bencze is the owner of ENA Viewing Space, a gallery on a rooftop in Budapest. He had recently helped artist János Brückner instal a work that was part of the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the Ludwig Museum in Budapest. It all started peacefully enough….
János Brückner, Here and Now, 2019. Photo: Dániel Végel / Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Archives and Digital Archives