Sunday 13 November 2011

Death of a Prime Minister

Artist Sam Mahon has created an artwork depicting John Key as a homicide victim. Even opposition leader Phil Goff thinks it's in bad taste.

On balance though, it's not that different to the speculative documentary, Death of a President, which I saw at the 2007 NZ Film Festival. It wasn't so much an anti-Bush polemic - Bush is depicted as a victim rather than antagonist - as it was a wider commentary on civil liberties, racial profiling, tabloid journalism, and how authorities are desperate to be seen to be doing something regardless of the consequences.

1 comment:

  1. Art is art, it doesn't have to have a reason, although tbh I'd like to see this (politically).