Freedom | 2022

Artist: Aliana MT
Medium: 120 film scan mounted on acrylic
Dimensions: 24 x 36 inches

Young people want total freedom and to make the easy buck now. In many ways they’re mirroring what they see in society at large, what they see on Wall Street. It makes it very difficult for them to take seriously not only commitment and caring and sacrificing, but ultimately to take human life itself seriously. Profits become much more important than human life. What we see is a very cold-hearted mean-spiritedness throughout these communities. It reflects so much of our own culture and civilization. It’s quite frightening.

Subversive joy is the ability to transform tears into laughter,
a laughter that allows one to acknowledge 
just how difficult the journey is,
and to delight in one’s own sense of 
humanity and folly and humor
in the midst of this very serious struggle.
This is true freedom of spirit.

Excerpt from “Freedom” written by Cornel West


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