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STEPS TOWARDS CREATING AN IMAGE OF RACE THAT CONTAINS ALL RACES

 

 

 

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Not the animal world, not the plants world, not the miracle of the spheres, but man himself is now the crucial mystery. Man is the alien presence (…) in whose image society is to be transformed.
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Key ideas from the 58th VENICE BIENNALE I identify with

From Brazil:Visibility. Entitlement. Self-representation. Horizontal respectful relationship. Awareness of the complexities of contemporary self-representation. Suggesting the possiblity of a collective conciousness rooted in individual action. Careful not to moralise the subject, not to inscribe the work into a pre-establized discourse or theory.

FROM FRANCE:Non linear layout. The audience is given the active role of finding the route. Numerous points of view, varied perspectives, different paths. Every choice is a step ahead. Getting lost becomes the opportunity of retracing, not the same as regretting, your steps.

FROM INDIA: Art as a truth and performative experience, passive resistance, peaceful protest, minimal consumption. Space for self-reflexion. call for attentiveness. Invocation to shared futures.

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Chinese
I no longer see a clear distinction between “Western” and “Chinese” scholarship on Chinese art. DIFFERENCES IN LANGUAGE, readership, and academic environment certainly exist, BUT GLOBAL COLLABORATION AND MUTUAL LEARNING HAS BECOME THE DOMINANT TREND.
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CULTURE

Since there has been cultural evolution on planet Earth, we are not determined by the culture we belong to by birth. Both, location and the features of our body, are the starting point shaping our identity. But we are the ones saying the last word.

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The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, TED Talk
«The title of the Art Exhibition in Biennale di Venezia 2019, MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES, could be interpreted as a sort of curse where the expression “interesting times” evokes the idea of challenging or even “menacing” times, but it could also simply be an invitation to always see and consider the course of human events in their complexity, an invitation, thus, that appears to be particularly important in times when, too often, oversimplification seems to prevail, generated by conformism or fear. And I believe that an exhibition of art is worth our attention, first and foremost, if it intends to present us with art and artists as a decisive challenge to all oversimplifying attitudes
Paolo Baratta, President of the Biennale di Venezia

Conversations

Cultural growth depends on substantive conversations(more…)

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The differentiation of sex, age, and occupation are not essential to our character, but mere costumes which we wear for a time on the stage of the world.
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TO CREATE NEW MEANING

I was wondering whether we are supposed to take the polychromatic society we happen to live in as a threat. Because what my inner eyes display before me is rather the challenge of minding the ethnosphere, as it has become in the current time: provocative in its diversity.

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