Thursday, December 11, 2014

Are We Entering a New Age of Artistic Censorship in Europe?

By Tiffany Jenkins

There is an uncomfortable moment in "Ganesh Versus the Third Reich" when the actors pause. The play, ostensibly about the Hindu deity travelling to Germany to reclaim the swastika, an ancient Sanskrit symbol, from the Nazis, comes to a halt as they remove their costumes—an elephant head and a SS armband—turn to face the audience, and ask: "Do we have the right to perform this?" None of the actors are Hindu or Jewish. They touch on a burgeoning assumption threatening the arts: Only particular people can tell the story of particular experiences. [link]