Principen of artistic quality has come back from an unexpected source: by Lars Vilks, who himself does not believe in anything other than the art world’s statushierarkier. We unreservedly support an artist’s right to live, it requires apparently a certain amount of originality. Last winter, I attended a panel discussion on the growing threats against the Swedish artists and writers, and got, a little surprising, to hear a defence of self-censorship and an angry attack on Vilks.
Niklas Orrenius is the right person for a book about the hot topic Lars Vilks. He keeps a safe course through the konfliktorkan that has arisen around the artist. All aspects included: hatpredikanter in Swedish mosques, Vilkskramande right-wing populists, foreign policy entanglements, and the hostility that Vilks has faced in the Swedish cultural life. There is a Danish Lars Vilks committee, but no Swedish. Among other Vilks also become a weapon in the escalating fördomskriget between Sweden and Denmark.
Orrenius says like to "do up" what he was really like. It is not easy. He was complaining about never, regret nothing, playing perfectly the distanced role he has assigned himself. On his tomb, he wants to have the motto "Everything is an advantage", which can also be seen as the guiding principle behind the rondellhundsprojektet. Why thank he yeah to the left or right-wing populist advances when he has everything to win to draw a line against such a thing? It is "much more interesting" if people don’t know if he really is a racist, he replies.
"using the opponent’s energy to gain power yourself," says art expert Linda Fagerström on the conceptual art of Vilks type. It could be a description of the elegant chinese martial arts, or equally well by a passive-aggressive rättshaverist. Would he was be willing to set out anonymously, wonder Orrenius. "Of course you have to run on all the balls in the right location, that is."
do I Have to? Here I had liked to have seen a whole queue of supplementaries. What do you do with yourself if you’re running on all the balls and see it all as equally usable energy?
A detail as it sails past the in passing, I want to draw attention to. Orrenius hits yttrandefrihetsjuristen Hans-Gunnar Axberger, who says: "in the Past we had 'afford' to let people think what they wanted", but today we are "no longer the homogeneous society that we were from the 1700s and onwards". Suddenly want to you, from many diverse sources, to tell us that our conflicted past was as homogeneous as a tube of the cream cheese.
another detail, also worthy of attention: the islamist terror has, to my knowledge, never been made against the right-wing extremists who hate muslims. Here you can see a mutual rationality. When the suicide bomber Taimour Abdulwahab, struck in Stockholm, sweden, writes Gellert Tamas in "The Swedish hatred", tweeted Jimmie Åkessons secretary "Finally".
art criticize sensitive things, it must be done from an "inside perspective", says culture house director Benny Fredriksson to Orrenius. It makes Rushdie, according to Fredriksson, but not Vilks, and they should therefore not be compared, despite similar threats. We follow the principle we have soon abolished the common public, and built a förmodernt society where every group does and punishes its deviants without transparency. Makode Linde was familiar had to change the name of his exhibition – more than that was not inifrånperspektivet worth of Fredriksson.
People who are in relationship with a god ought to be the least lättsårade on the planet. If I was religious would be a deformation of what I believed to be as helpless as an attempt to make a caricature of the sun. Come on, do your worst, draw the sun as a pig or a tapeworm if you want to, it never gets more than a trifle.
If Sweden does not succeed reduce the gaps and the mistrust between different groups in the population, it can "very much" be relevant with the tightening of freedom of expression, believe Axberger.
speaking about the limits of freedom of expression should go in the future, ” says Örebromoskéns ceo Jamal Lamhamdi: "There is nothing that can change quickly." No, I guess, but you can change it slowly?
About the artists and institutions start to engage in self-censorship can the public room be radically changed without any need to change one letter of the law. After the death sentence against Rushdie has self-censorship has increased on all sides, wrote Kenan Malik in the article "Shadow of the fatwa" (Index on Censorship, december 2008). It is still up to date.
the Attack in Copenhagen
Niklas Orrenius, born in 1973, is a journalist at the daily News and the author of reportageböcker on, among other things, SD and migration.
Background to "the Shots in Copenhagen" is the attack at the house of culture Kuttønden during a debattmöte with the title "Art, blasphemy and freedom of expression" on February 14, 2015.
Attack required a death and ended with the perpetrator was shot dead at Copenhagen the following morning.