The conclusion I draw from these compelling ethnographic studies is that we need to move our focus from cultural, religious, or ethnic diversity to a focus on HUMAN diversity and to see that human thought and action are never entirely reducible to the terms with which we classify, categorize, and conceptualize it
Jackson, M (Columbia University Press) (2016) The Work of Art
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.
From Brazil: Visibility. Entitlement. Self-representation. Horizontal respectful relationship. Awareness of the complexities of contemporary self-representation. Suggesting the possibility of a collective consciousness rooted in individual action. Careful not to moralize the subject, not to inscribe the work into a pre-established 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 truth and performative experience, passive resistance, peaceful protest, minimal consumption. Space for self-reflection. Call for attentiveness. Invocation to shared futures.Read More›
If I really believe in one human race, containing equally every human being, I might look around purposefully and intentionally. Invite people into my life who don’t look/think/act like me, don’t come from where I come from. They will challenge my assumptions and offer powerful new insights.Read More›
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.
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.Read More›
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.»
Cultural growth depends on substantive conversations (more…)
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.
- I was wondering whether we are supposed to take the polychromatic society we happen to live in as a threat. I would rather take it as a challenge. Shall we not dear to trying to minding the ethnosphere, as it has become in the current time: provocative in its diversity?