The Plague Mentality

What are we going to do
now that we know
that the enemy is not outside the walls
but lives intimately within
and travels
in such ways
that EVERYONE and EVERYTHING
is suspect?


The Plague Mentality was originally published in René Daniëls, Marlene Dumas, Henk Visch (cat.), Galerie Barbara Jandrig, Krefeld, 1985; and is 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.