The Problem of Interpreting an African Mask

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The beginning:
The Problem of Interpreting an African Mask
Art is a common activity in all
socities
. However, there are a number of problems that arise from interpreting art. For example, in “Against Interpretation” Susan
Sontag
argues,
Even more. It is the revenge of the intellect
upon the world. To interpret is to impoverish,
to deplete the world—in order to set up a
shadow world of “meanings.” It is to turn the
world into this world (
Sontag
4).
Sontag
is arguing that the act of interpreting does not add to our appreciation of art. Instead it results in the art being taken out of its proper context where it is a living vital thing and making it into a dead object that fits into our categorizations of the word.
In this essay an African Mask that is...
The end:
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