“Culture is not a territory to be won or lost but a resource we are called to steward with care. Culture is a garden to be cultivated.”
‘Cultivating the garden?!’, ‘what antiquated nonsense’, you might say … ‘Isn’t it all supposed to be gender-race-political-eco-art these days?’
And of course: If these are the things that make you tick, if delving into contemporary art and the politics of ecology, if the intersection of art criticism, politico-ecological theory, environmental activism and postcolonial globalization is what makes you feel most alive — then do it. If discourses of eco-aesthetics in geopolitical areas really is your place, then go there!
If not, find out what is, or does –
or in the words of Jasper Johns re-imagined by Jerry Saltz:
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I’m cultivating the garden…and, at times, I am lying fallow…