Monday, September 27, 2010

How do I respond to this?

I have seen a few things in my life that make me sit up and go "Huh?". Whether it's a blatant lie done by politicians, ramblings by activists, or scenes of pure hatred and stupidity. While scrolling through news links this morning I found one of those "Huh?" moments.

Statements or actions by left wing people shouldn't be surprising to me by now. Unfortunately some seem to go that extra mile and really double down on idiocy. For example this article about a photographic art exhibit in Ottawa. Here's the news article. I recommend going to see it because the descriptions don't really do justice for the images.

Controversial artist brings headlines into the playroom

Dan Robson Staff Reporter
An olive-skinned boy glares ominously, pointing a toy plane towards twin building-block towers — one with a gaping hole, burning with construction paper fire, as toy soldiers fall to the playroom floor.

A boy on a box, covered in a black cloak and hood — his fingers wired with electrodes. A nearly-nude handcuffed boy, eyes screaming in terror as a stuffed dog wraps around his waist.

Abu Ghraib, 9/11 — meet the playroom.

A new series of controversial photographs from artist Jonathan Hobin, called In the Playroom, brings the headlines into the supposedly safe, carefree space of childhood playtime.

“I want people to acknowledge the fact that kids see the scariest things that are out there,” said Hobin of the exhibit, which among other notorious events, includes depictions of Hurricane Katrina, the 2004 tsunami, and the murder of JonBenĂ©t Ramsey.

Hobin, who studied photography at Ryerson, said the photos are intended to tear down to illusion that, in a media-saturated world, children can be sheltered.

“I want people to acknowledge the fact that kids see the scariest things that are out there,” he said. “If you see it, they see it.”

The 30-year-old’s work has been praised by art lovers who have flocked to the Dale Smith Gallery in Ottawa since the exhibit opened on Sept. 17. [snip]

Here's the link to the photo gallery.

I don't know what to say about this, really. I mean using children to depict tragedies? Mind you, using a photographers eye, the images are stunning and arouse all sorts of emotions. The biggest emotion that I have felt though is disgust. This person uses a lot of myth and fallacies to create the images and sometimes promotes continuing myths and stories. As well, why use children to do this? Anyway, this is what we can usually expect for art these days.

Two more articles for your reading seething as well.

Is This Art, Or Parental Stupidity?

The kids are not all right

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