Iconoclash

The latest waves of terrorism, from attacks on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris to the damaging of antiquities in the Middle East, have highlighted both an ideological conflict and the central role of imagery. Terrorists have orchestrated their acts of destruction to stage their beliefs of justice, truth and will for political order. Their propaganda attracts followers from all over the world and subjugates and abuses human beings over wide territories. Their image war contests what we hold to be universal values such as the freedom of artistic expression and the integrity of cultural heritage.

These ongoing forms of destruction and terror demand a review of truth and falsity of values in both a reflective and self-reflective mode. The Washington branch of EUNIC and NYU's John Brademas Center approached this disturbing confrontation in four chapters: 

Eunic

NYU Brademas Center

Goethe

British Council

Charlie Hebdo


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"Iconoclash, is when one does not know, one hesitates, one is troubled by an action for which there is no way to know, without further inquiry, whether it is destructive or constructive," Bruno Latour, Curator's Concept of Iconoclash