Marlene Dumas

The next Generation

When Black and White are colours
and not races, people will still fall in
love and discriminate between
partners and feel sad and bad
and need art that breaks your heart
and takes you to those places
where pain becomes beauty.

The next Generation. Originally published in Dutch Biennale Bulletin / Africus, Johannesburg Biennale, Johannesburg, 1995; 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.