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DEC 20-JAN 21

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/Ten notes to decolonize vision
/Ten notes to my younger self
/Ten notes to a younger artist
/Ten notes to remember

  • The devil is in the walls of our institutions. It haunts the interface. Art needs room to breathe, we need to let it out.
  • People from around the world have been making art for as long as we can remember. Most of it does not show up in mainstream books or institutions. Commit to learning more. Disinvest from cultural propaganda.
  • Toxic ideas are often buried deep within the algorithm. Take time to understand what you value and why. Then, clean house.
  • Be wary of binary politics, from within and without. Be wary of exceptionalism, in all its forms. They are colonial tools designed to divide and rule.
  • Be wary of smiling allies who never show up and don’t do the work. They will waste your time and break your heart. Watch what people do, not what they say.
  • Art is not intrinsically good or useful for everybody. But if you are pragmatic, you can wield a unique and powerful kind of magic.
  • Trust in the deeper forms of knowledge that flow through you. If you are open and surrender, they will always guide you.
  • Don't worry about your elevator pitch. Creativity needs the space to wander. No one has ever been one thing all of the time.
  • Slow down. Define your own speed. Make deliberate choices about what you participate in. Deep imagining requires time.
  • If you don’t see it, and you need it, build it. Odds are you will quickly meet more people just like you, who need it too. Be intentional about creating your own communities, value systems, and spaces of celebration. Reinvest in what gives you power.

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Jaret Vadera

is an artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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