A couple of recent examples of the repetitiveness of myth enablers....
Hannah Stahl was the recipient in 2012 of Vanderbilt's Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award, which is given to only one student in every graduating class. The Hamblet Award provides the means for travel and independent art activity for a year. Stahl used her award money to pay for a studio in Marathon Village, a residency at Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York, and a two-month exploration of Eastern and Central Europe last spring.Not to disparage Stahl's painting ability, she's pretty good, or her right to choose her subject matter but in art shouldn't reflecting the whole truth be a priority? Death camps and executioners are terms of drama but the truth and the full story get pushed aside when the terms do not get expanded on in light of facts. You know the myths and perhaps one day Stahl will dig deeper into them and use her art to teach truth and not the perpetual tale of a certain segment's victimhood that is used by that segment, to this very day, for extortion, theft and genocide.
"I organized the trip around three locations," Stahl tells the Scene. "I wanted to go to Italy, Amsterdam and Poland. Italy and Amsterdam for Caravaggio and Rembrandt — and Poland for the concentration camps." Her great-grandfather emigrated from Poland, and Stahl was especially eager to return to the city where he was born, raised and married. But many of his siblings, she says, stayed in Poland and were sent to death camps. That was something, along with the paintings of her heroes, that Stahl had to see.
These are the faces of female prisoners at Auschwitz shortly before they were executed.
You become eerily aware of that vision when you look into these women's faces, twisted with fear or anger or acceptance. They are all looking into the lens of a camera, posing not for Stahl, not for us, but for their executioners. More
Out of thousands of tons of debris, two tiny artifacts have been retrieved as reminders of the American Airlines crew whose airplane was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
The items are a flight attendant’s wings and a union pin from the Association of Professional Flight Attendants. They are like new, as though the horror that accompanied them had never happened.Pristine wings. What a great symbol. Not unlike the almost pristine 'hijacker' passport allegedly found at the WTC. Since there were no Muslim/Arab hijackers, it may be that there were no flight attendants...or even a Boeing 757 crashing into the Pentagon. But the myths need legs to keep walking. It's past time we walked them right out the door.
They do not show the damage of a Boeing 757 roaring at full throttle into the side of the Pentagon, killing the four flight attendants and two pilots, as well as five hijackers, 53 passengers and 125 people inside the government office building.
In 2012, Joan Cote, an official with the USO, spotted the items on display at a military facility at Dover, Del., and pushed to get them into American’s hands. Her perseverance paid off last fall.
Retrieved from government storage more than 12 years after the tragic event and returned to American in October, the wings and pin will be put on display at American’s C.R. Smith Museum in Fort Worth, near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. More
Poetry as art without the old myths getting reinforced... “Bin Laden on the Head of a Pin.” by Richard Edmondson.
and..."Bleeding to Death"