Barriers between here and beyond, between self and other happen to fall within the memory of the dreamer. One vitalising current streams through all things, and he feels both intimately related to all he beholds, and a stranger to it.

The dreamer sees, wonders perhaps for a moment, and then understands: Naturally, it must be so!

Dreams imagery

Strangely but truly, holistic meanings come about with dreams imagery. The mind protesting? It feels like the substance of things disappears. A profounder vitality emerges. A knowledge deep within us would be satisfied.
The very limit of the possible and impossible cease to exist. Critical reason is silenced; the ebb and flood of the inner life hold sway: the hidden will of senses, the intrinsic meanings of existence ignored by the walking consciousness.


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
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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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


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.