Art must create visceral response

Art defines who we are and who we are capable of becoming.                                                 

To do so, it must also have the characteristics of adventure: exciting; unusual; often hazardous.   

The visceral effect of the reality of art is what changes our mind (world).             

Visuality, not isolated, internal articulation, is what impels us to act, to effect change. 

Think of photos illustrating injustice. Think of your visceral reaction. Did it compel you to action?

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Orphans in Rumania. Photo from: Veronica Magreta, “My Journey From Romania to the US,” from Veronica Magretahttps://vimeo.com/49883196

What happened to the orphans in Rumania after our first gasp of horror and rush to adoptions in 1989? The images have dropped from view and the orphans’ fates are unresolved. The number of children in state care is almost the same as it was in 1989 – more than 70,000. There is talk of tens of thousands more living on the streets, uncounted. (Information taken from NPR’s “For Rumania’s Orphans, Adoption is Still a Rarity,” by MEGHAN COLLINS SULLIVAN August 14, 2012 4:39 PM, http://www.npr.org/2012/08/19/158924764/for-romanias- orphans-adoption-is-still-a-rarity

And in the United States: The National Center on Family Homelessness estimates that the true number of homeless children in the U.S. is closer to 1.6 million.

 

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