Marlene Dumas

The Hatred of Others

Art may lie
love may die
but hatred remains
a lasting sentiment.
Forgiveness ain’t easy,
even God, admits that.
He first had to kill his own son
to see the light.

I used to have a quote by
Jean Paul Sartre in my sketchbook in
art school in the 70’s that read:
‘The Hatred of others reveals to me,
my own objectivity.’

If you really want
to talk to others,
get a good translator

The Hatred of Others. Originally published in Dialogue with the Other (cat.), Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, 1994, p.62; and included in Marlene Dumas, Sweet Nothings. Notes and Texts, first edition Galerie Paul Andriesse and De Balie Publishers Amsterdam, 1998; and second edition (revised and expanded) Koenig Books London, 2014.