Or, from the talk to the walk,
from the studio to the exhibition,
from the dark room to the bright lights,
the day after the night before.

The worst thing about an exhibition is
that not everyone is in it.
The best thing about an exhibition is
that not everyone is in it.

The moral of the story is
that art is not about equality but about discrimination.
The tragedy of the story is,
whether you are a good or a bad artist,
there will always be someone who hates you.

 


Wake-up Call. Extracts from Early Works, De Ateliers 1998–2002, (cat.), Amsterdam, 2002, p.20; and included in Marlene Dumas, Sweet Nothings. Notes and Texts, second edition (revised and expanded) Koenig Books London, 2014.