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Of Art And It’s Reception A Response To Anne Marijke Spijkerboer

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This chapter presents a letter written by Mmapula Lefa to Anne Marijke Spijkerboer. The letter is in response to Anne's paper African and European Relations at the Well: Intercultural Reading of the Bible through Visual Art". In her paper, Anne highlights looking at a work of art as one way in which a reader can become consciously aware of her/his own biases and influences. To Mmapula, this is very impressive, and yet it clearly indicates how different their contexts are, as in her context, she appreciates the fact that each interpretation is shaped by the interpreter's own biases. Mmapula's argument is that all works of art contain the artist's own prejudices and influences, either hidden or explicit. When visualised, a work of art becomes subject to the receptor's own interpretation of the artist's understanding of the text.

Keywords: Anne Marijke Spijkerboer; Mmapula Lefa; visual art



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