Lexicon for the Provisional Future(s)

Statuette of Liberty

November 30th, 2008

statuette-of-liberty1On the famous painting by De La Croix celebrating French Revolution, liberation is figured as a strong, hypersexual women surrounded by poets, workers and outlaws. This reminiscence of the fruitful Goddess with her brothers in arms has been established and carried out through centuries. Generations were raised to equalize the liberating act to sexual experience. Indeed, time of revolution was a time of sexual freedom, so different from the ordinary lifetime with its organized social boundaries. Providing fundamental human reasons, the ideal of liberation has been giving dignity to all revolutionary bloodsheds. As soon as revolution fulfilled its local goal and life came back to its regulated routine, the ideal of liberation, being impossible to control and unpractical while organizing society, has been repressed by the very liberators themselves. Packed back into thr subconscious, as any sexual desire, this ideal has become the constant trigger for new uprisings. Such a trigger-mechanism is used to promote spectacles for the society of competitors, where the Goddess of Liberation is downsized to no more than a commercial statuette. The ideal of liberation is simplified for ideological purposes, assigned for media communication, misused in political fights and proliferated in massive consumption.

Ivan Kucina

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