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Luis Camnitzer

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'If I had to find an image for culture I would say that it is like a sand mountain. Although we artists see ourselves as important original individuals, within that mountain we are no more than grains of sand: In positions of passivity and acceptance, we’ll maintain the structure. In active positions we sometimes create some small slides and avalanches. Nevertheless, at the end, the sand mountain remains as the result of the position and interaction of all the grains.

The image should humble us. Not only because I never saw a grain of sand identified by name or signature, but also because it is difficult for one grain to change the whole mountain. And yet, that grain helps to shape the mountain. It is something important, it is all we can aspire to, but it is not such a big deal.'

- Luis Camnitzer

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Date printed: 26/04/2018