Some notes on pornography, contemporary art and social politics APAFT

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the value of his work [mapplethorpe] has as much to do with its political import, its representation of particular sub cultures at a particular moment in time, as well as the value of his own persona, and his skilful and unique artistic style.

Pornography can (and often does) operate within an aesthetic of its own. Apart from its political significance, its reflection of culture is valid and illuminating.

the representation of different forms of human expression as a cultural and political imperative

they understand that sexuality is a part of identity

Their work is about individuality, difference, politics, life.

While explicit sexual imagery dates back to the origins of human visual culture, ‘pornography’ is a more recent Western idea.

The word ‘pornography’ appeared first in the Oxford english dictionary in 1857.

Importantly pornography has always been linked implicitly with mass media and popular culture.

As mush as pornography informs popular culture, it inhabits the work of artists who deal with the mass media.

Calvin Klein ad campaign of 1995.

its important that the political imperatives of expressions of difference in culture are defended

Sexual imagery as a sign of positive identity and difference is employed by artists

There are no questions of ethics or morality in art.

 

Chapman, Christopher. Some notes on pornography, contemporary art and social politics [online]. Artlink, v.18, no.3, Sept 1998: 32-35. Availability: ISSN: 0727-1239. [cited 09 Mar 11].

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