Ahhh the smell of racism in the morning

So I was just informed that it’s basically ok when my traditions are co –opted by pop culture because any harm that comes from that doesn’t matter because I’m white. But oh, I should be up in arms every time an artist is inspired by a Native artist and utilizes elements of that art style in their art. Doesn’t work like that, sweetheart.

Anyone who thinks like this, by the way, can go fuck yourselves. Please. Preferably with a chainsaw dipped in salt. Normally I might try to frame that in less offensive language, but nope. Not today.  Racism works both ways, bubbele.

Over on my facebook, I’m having an argument/discussion with several people about an incident that recently happened in Canada. Here’s the link go read it for yourselves.

This is way too similar to what happened in NY last month. Read about that here.

There is only one question I ask about art: does it move you? Does it turn you inside out? Does it make your heart weep or rejoice? Does it evoke something? If it does, then good. That’s exactly what art is supposed to do. It doesn’t belong to any one people or culture. It is universal and I care a hell of a lot more about good art than I do about any group of people. Art does not provide you with safe prepackaged answers either. The arts are the best our humanity has to offer. They are the collected genius of our people. The best art is more important than any one of us.

I have a huge issue with pop culture taking the stories of my Gods and turning them into entertainment that makes a mockery of those Gods. I don’t however think that those things should be destroyed. I simply choose not to see them. The day we start calling for the destruction of art and the silencing of artists – especially those we dislike or disagree with — is the day we lose part of our humanity, the best part; and the day that call goes forth and is not challenged is the day we’re doomed as a species.

 

 

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Posted on May 1, 2017, in Art, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Hmm. Looking down; I’m currently wearing a Pacific Northwest Indian artistic representation of a salmon on my t-shirt. I like it. It’s not meant to offend.

    This gets out of hand.

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  2. My first reaction-memory to this was remembering “The Pirates! Band of Misfits.” when Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations was offended. I thought it was ridiculous, it was animated kids movie. And I was wrong…the scene was dropped off.
    ( https://www.moviefone.com/2012/01/24/the-pirates-band-of-misfits-leprosy/ )
    It is so sad, race, religion, everything can be use or misuse.

    I often find those calling for the freedoms and such are the ones taking them away.

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  3. Your words echo with others who feel the same way.
    Thank you for speaking out, especially when our Deities’ images are mocked or used
    to promote commercial products.
    Brava.

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  4. Censorship of almost any kind (I admit to having real problems with child porn) is an anathema for me. Does her art look like this other artist’s so much that one can say that it could be considered duplicative. This would be in a review. Enough of these reviews would make her a laughing stock. You don’t have to point out a person’s ethnicity. These Amerindians are making themselves laughing stocks by not going by the Rules of Logic. Of course the PC and SJWs don’t believe in education. They just believe in “feelies.” BAH

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  5. I read the Facebook conversation you had. The person dismissed your concerns by saying in essence you’re white get over it. You don’t have any real problems because of your race. Bullocks, she is assuming a lot about someone by their race. Turn around I guess isn’t fair play.

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  6. There is this bizarre and ridiculous idea floating around that since Europeans and their descendants have done bad things to other groups of people, that means white people should have their cultures and traditions shat upon, and anybody who speaks out against said shitting is racist. So apparently a lot of people aren’t mature enough to realize two wrongs don’t make a right. That kind of stupidity makes me want to vomit.

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  7. There is racism and reverse racism which is still racism. It doesn’t seem to matter whether it is white against another race, or another race against white. It is simply racism. I think that her work is beautiful and should be honored for its own character, and that the gallery showed a definite lack of backbone in cancelling her show. This could have been considered quite differently, as showing respect for the art of indigenous people, instead of this racism bull shit.

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    • ganglerisgrove

      they could have used it as an opportunity to raise awareness about the beauty of indigenous art, booked their next show with indigenous artists, had lectures, educational events but instead they took the spineless way out.

      and this woman was inspired by native art, apparently spent time with specific artists…it’s become part of her story too as an artist.

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  8. I don’t think art should be censored. In art everyone basically copies everyone at some point or gets their ideas from existing sources. Like Neo classicism – those people sure weren’t actually from the ancient civilizations they based their art on.

    I think part of the outrage was more that some feel that this artist was given this opportunity ‘easily’ and that other native artists who struggle to be recognized are ignored. However if that’s the case, their issue should not be with the artist herself who clearly worked hard and was respectful of her sources.

    As to the person arguing, what’s the saying? Haters gonna hate. And act sanctimonious about it too, apparently.

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  9. I’ve left comments on Galina’s facebook, but I’ll repeat some of my arguments here:

    Modern art by it’s existence is a result of international exposure to different cultures and appropriation of those cultures. This is in part a result of colonialism, but that is also a consequence of cross cultural exchange. Big figures is modern art like Van Gogh and Picasso were heavily inspired by other cultures. West meets East had influences on Japanese and Chinese art styles too. Art became an open dialog that transcended language and cultural barriers. It still does.

    The “Woodland style” is a modern art movement. While it has *very* strong roots with native art, it still complies with the structures of the “art world”, which is inherently Western. This puts it in a unique position as a bridge between Indigenous and western art.
    This is different a little different compared to say: Australian Aboriginal art, which has it’s on spiritual, tribal ‘copyright’ for each style… i.e. even if you’re Aboriginal blood, you don’t have the right to replicate another tribes Dreamtime, but the style and technique (dot painting) itself is not inherently protected/restricted to Aboriginals only.

    The points brought up by the person who inspired the post are valid to a degree, but the promotion of censorship of art not.
    Their main points being: native artists not being given art space and exclusion in the art world. This is a cultural issue that needs to be addressed and can be through constructive means like critical reviews, opinion articles and even blog posts. Censorship is not constructive, it’s one of the most destructive things against art.
    What’s more, always backfires against those calling for it. It generates heated rebukes and further discussion (like this blog post and my comment.) The focus of which is not art, but censorship. Censorship also promotes a cultural fear, galleries might be less inclined to accept native art because of cases of censorship and controversy… thus resulting in more prejudice against native artists.

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