History: not the Hollywood costume drama we have come to imagine

July 8, 2024
The critic…“has realised that the chief way we relate to history today is as one big Hollywood costume drama”. Our country, and the world in the early 21st century, are being edged-on into stupidity by reactionary thinkers who are misguided into believing that they are God’s gift to “Man.”       History is how we […]

The critic…“has realised that the chief way we relate to history today is as one big Hollywood costume drama”.

Our country, and the world in the early 21st century, are being edged-on into stupidity by reactionary thinkers who are misguided into believing that they are God’s gift to “Man.”

 

 

 

History is how we thought in the past, and in most cases it is pretty ugly. Not the Hollywood costume drama we have come to imagine.

 

 

 

 

 

According to its website, “The Blake Prize is a biennial exhibition that highlights local and international contemporary artists who explore ideas of spirituality and religion through contemporary artworks”. The winner received $35,000.

“Phil is a satirist. He’s a humourist,” said McDonald. The artist’s irreverence “is not just the Christian religion, it’s almost anything”, said the critic, who has previously written of Philjames’ work that the artist “has realised that the chief way we relate to history today is as one big Hollywood costume drama”.

 

 

 

The theme of the 2024 Australian Historical Association conference was  HOME TRUTHS. This is the biggest one of them all.

 

 

 

Image: “Jesus Speaks to the Daughters of Jerusalem,” 2022, Oil on Vintage Offset Lithograph by artist Philjames. In a thought-bubble.

 

 

 

Thinking of The Daughters of Jerusalem

 

 

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Neville Buch (Pronounced Book) Ph.D. is a certified member of the Professional Historians Association (Queensland). Since 2010 he has operated a sole trade business in history consultancy. He was a Q ANZAC 100 Fellow 2014-2015 at the State Library of Queensland. Dr Buch was the PHA (Qld) e-Bulletin, the monthly state association’s electronic publication, and was a member of its Management Committee. He is the Managing Director of the Brisbane Southside History Network.
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