According to the curatorial statement of Demonology: "Throughout the ages magical and spiritual systems developed organically but also, of course, suffered extreme subjugation and suppression. Monotheistic religions appropriated, banished, persecuted and condemned in order to subdue the threat of age old beliefs. In 1484 Pope Innocent III issued a Papal Bull that denounced witchcraft, declaring that witches were harming fertility by associating with demons. Soon afterwards Malleus Maleficarum was published and became the bible of the inquisitors, hammer of the witches. The horned Hunter God and other deities were demonised, newly cast by the church as malevolent and malicious, and the end game was in place. An omnipotent religion had strangled a set of traditions as old as man himself, and the Gods of the old religion became the Devil of the new."
"Demonology is a call to investigate and embrace this other, lost world, and in some ways draw parallels between the practices of art and magic: creativity, instinct, flux, becoming, myth, imagination, individualism and the workings of the great unconscious standing against prescribed and immutable doctrine. Magic, beasts, curses, apparitions and the after-life; all can be found here in paint, pencil, collage, video, ceramic, photography and performance. "
Jonathan Baldock, Sebastian Gögel, James Jessop, Jasper Joffe, Alexis Milne, Alex Gene Morrison, Claire Pestaille, Moritz Schleime, Dominic Shepherd, John Stark , Erik Tidemann, Danny Treacy
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