Monthly Archives: May 2015

Speaking Art to Power

“If the purpose of art is to expose and champion truth, then truth must be the artist’s only byword. Truth is never an instrument of mass movements; it only grows diluted, if it doesn’t disappear entirely, in the presence of base propaganda. Truth is not a company man, nor is it a charismatic rabble-rouser; it neither smilingly spouts bland platitudes in a 30-second PSA spot, nor does it stand on a platform and shout shrilly into a microphone before a throng of adoring worshipers. Truth is no glamour-monger; it doesn’t preen or posture, with puffed-out chest, for a photo op, nor does it sashay with verve and panache down the red carpet, drawing the awe and admiration of smitten passerby.”

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