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Jeroen Schokkin

Throughout the past, the arts had their functions: they animated the spirit of people with sacred objects, carved-out symbols and man-made ideals or they enchanted the living with spiritual festivals full of holy songs, entrancing rituals and idolising imagery. The arts were applicable to the dreams of their times. But then modernity came, and it freed the arts and the artists from these shackles of functionality; thus, we became free and autonomous – but what does this mean? In the installation Let us burn the Sacred, Schokkin examines this liberation and the birth of a new distinction; between the applied and the liberal, autonomous arts. 

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