Deadly art

By MICHAEL BRONSKI  |  April 10, 2007

And we should. Consider the increasingly complex roles that visual images like the photos of prisoners from Abu Ghraib play in our lives, as well as in mainstream films, music, and television. In Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, Hannah Arendt warned us that evil can pervade our political — and I think popular — culture in the guise of the ordinary. Leni Riefenstahl used visual images to promote a massively deadly political ideology, and yet she took responsibility for neither her politics nor her art. It’s easy, now, to be shocked by the politics; what Bach and Trimborn have clarified is the

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