Vater, Sohn und Heiliger Geist
Vater, Sohn und Heiliger Geist

Vater, Sohn und Heiliger Geist

May 23 rd 2008
Vater, Sohn und Heiliger Geist

Three symbols: a burning bush, a sun and a tongue of flame. Beneath, a series of German words: a register of WWII concentration camps, a litany of German euphemisms for the genocidal destruction of the European Jewry and the label directions from a Zyklon-B canister of cyanide. A relationship is suggested between the text and image, between Trinitarian fire iconography and the Holocaust. It is perhaps in dialogue with events and ideas that challenge rather than affirm a comfortable faith that the static signs of Christianity can be transformed into rich symbols, pregnant with nuance. In both my art and my scholarly work I like to ask questions about the way in which symbols form, reinforce or challenge the identity of a community, particularly the way in which artists can intensify or open up the possibilities of a religious symbol rather pin a meaning down on it.

Topics: Arts
Chris Cuthill
 
Chris Cuthill

Chris Cuthill serves as Art Chair at Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Ontario, where he teaches courses in Art Theory, Art History and Popular Culture. Chris finished a Masters degree in Philosophical Aesthetics in 1999 at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto. His thesis, entitled Mutilated Music: Towards an After Auschwitz Aesthetic, explored the philosophical and ethical limitations of artistic representations of the Holocaust.

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