From one dirty Place to Another

As an art-student in the early 70’s in (South) Africa, I discovered the problem of art and Politics. It did not result in more effective artworks, only in more people ending up at psychiatrists. As a postgraduate in the late 70’s in (Dutch) Europe I discovered the politics of Art. That resulted in me ending up with a gallery.

From One Dirty Place to Another. Originally published in Innodiging voor mooie tentoonstellingen + trio eenzaamheid, Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam, 1989, p.40; and included in Marlene Dumas, Sweet Nothings. Notes and Texts | Politics (of Art), first edition Galerie Paul Andriesse and De Balie Publishers Amsterdam, 1998; and second edition (revised and expanded) Koenig Books London, 2014.