Wednesday, August 30, 2006

I can't tell you what art does and how it does it, but I know that art has often judged the judges, pleaded revenge to the innocent and shown to the future what the past has suffered, so that it has never been forgotten.

I know too that the powerful fear art, whatever its form, when it does this, and that amongst the people such art sometimes runs like a rumour and a legend because it makes sense of what life's brutalities cannot, a sense that unites us, for it is inseparable from a justice at last. Art, when it functions like this, becomes a meeting-place of the invisible, the irreducible, the enduring, guts and honour
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- John Berger

2 comments:

V-Grrrl said...

Damn, I wish those were my words.

Please God, make me smarter! Make me an Artist!

woman wandering said...

I've got a few more of his quotes, I might post them in the days ahead ... I like how he thinks :)