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There are essential differences between ART on the Border,
Art from the Border and ART of the Border

ON   • implies position
FROM • implies starting point
OF   • implies native to, endemic, point of origin

To interpret art through language one must make language SEE. But if one sees through language, what does it say? In what language? Aesthetics depend on it!


Language makes us see
Image makes us talk

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Art Not Separate From Words
"I see what you mean"

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Aesthetics is dependent on organized sounds - words. Dominant language in a pluralistic society has the power to affect artistic realities.

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