On the Art World, Museum ‘Prisons’ and Artistic Freedom

  • Lidia Martínez Pérez
Keywords: photography, Sabine Hauswirth, art world, museums as prisons


A student essay for the Special Student Issue of the Journal of Extreme Anthropology accompanying the art exhibition 'Artist's Waste, Wasted Artists', which opened in Vienna on the 19th of September 2017 and was curated by the students of social anthropology at the University of Vienna. This essay investigates the structure of the art world, as well as the role of museums, likening them to prisons of taste, thus pointing to structural limitations imposed upon the artist, while also showing, using the case of the Viennese photographer Sabine Hauswirth, that even within such system, artistic freedom, or at least its semblance, are possible.