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Does Nationalist Art Need To Be Historically Accurate?

National myths and why they matter

We live in an era of deepfakes, alternative facts and fake news where reality can be quickly distorted into something unrecognisable, yet altogether convincing. It makes sense then that we should question what we see today, but this is not a new issue.

As viewers of art, we have always struggled with the question of reality, particularly when that art depicts a historical event. Strong dividing lines are now drawn between historical documentation of events…

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