— Malia Makahanaloa
… when an image is presented as a work of art, the way people look at it is affected by a whole series of learnt assumptions about art. Assumptions concerning Beauty, Truth, Genius, Civilisation, Form, Status, Taste, etc.
Many of these assumptions no longer accord with the world as it is…Out of true with the present, these assumptions obscure the past. They mystify rather than clarify. The past is never there waiting to be discovered, to be recognised for exactly what it is.
History always constitutes the relation between a present and its past. Consequently fear of the present leads to mystification of the past.
The past is not for living in; it is a well of conciousness from which we draw in order to act.
Cultural mystification of the past entails a double loss. Works of art are made unnecessarily remote. And the past offers us fewer conclusions to complete in action.
When we ‘see’ a landscape, we situate ourselves in it. if we ‘saw’ the art of the past, we would situate ourselves in history.
When we are prevented from seeing it, we are being deprived of the history which belongs to us. Who benefits from this deprivation?
In the end, the art of the past is being mystified because a privileged minority is striving to invent a history which can retrospectively justify the role of the ruling classes, and such a justification can no longer make sense in modern terms.
And so, inevitably, it mystifies.
— C.S. Lewis
— E.A. Poe
And finally, the long awaited Nespresso is all mine.
— Martin Luther King Jr.