Thursday, August 23, 2012

Art Honesty

After a long time away from MANA, we, Malika and I, finally began putting together a project that translates the very reason why we created this studio: making art, with honesty. 

In the world today art suffers from many diverging intentions and results. Many times, art becomes a commodity or even an object of adoration – such as in museums and galleries. Also, there are times artists shock the audiences for the sake of gaining fame and recognition.

To many art professionals their notion is changing from creation into production. Who creates for the sake of creating? Express for the sake of expressing? Communicates for the sake of communication? Things seem to shifting to the extent that such questions make sense to some of us. For some reason expression, communication and creativity are not necessarily considered to be a fundamental human need any longer. In fact, art is viewed by many as something not needed in society.

We realize this is not a new problem, in fact it has always been a struggle for art to exist, and in part that has almost been something that perpetuates art in society, this constant effort to nurture it, it is actually a very natural thing. From ancient times, cave paintings, dance and music have always been part of who we are as species, the way we interact with each other. Art came out of the most common human experience, the one of being part of this race, having a sense of pertinence to our communities and express that value of connection somehow.

Quote from Malika's dad: "We are all looking for a way home". Looking into the art scene in the local community of Sarasota, we find Clothesline Gallery, a place that brings people together through the arts. Exploring the role of the artist socially and historically, we see this is one magical thing art is able to do, create concepts that unite ideas, individuals and dreams.

This feels as essential as needed these days, and making this documentary, just like any MANA project is a reflection of that desire to make people understand and feel part of greater forces, the ones that unite us as humans, and makes us what we are.
In a sense I've made the same film over and over again. asking the same simple question: "who are we?" which transformed into "Who am I?"
– Ken Burns