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ARTist as witness

Reimagining the Artist as Witness to History

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We must represent the intolerable in such a way that it can be visible. That is really the big question of our times.

Alfredo Jaar

Conversation with the artist: 

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I realized art would allow me to communicate something that society didn’t want to talk about. To show people something of the horror that perhaps couldn’t be put into words.

Gottfried Helwein

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Painting pains me. And it will pain you. We join in sorrow so that silenced violence will find its echo in our spirit not by imagination but through an artistic vision.

Bracha Ettinger

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 I would argue that what art can reflect, at its best, is the awareness we have an enormous potential to transform without doing harm and that we have the real and tangible capacity to recreate this reality. 

Chantal Meza

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Art can pose problems in unique ways, allowing for other meaningful dialogues. It’s not about imposing but about proposing.

John Akomfrah

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We kill our Gods over and over to justify our obligation in celebrating their eternal return, even if only in secularized form.

Jake Chapman

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Many more artists featured in our "conversations" section 

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Robert Longo
Artist as Witness
New York
September 2011

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Chantal Meza
On Disappearance
Mexico
June 2021