24 February 2007

John Berger Quote?

Over at Here is Where We Meet, the web presence of a Berger-palooza that occurred in London a couple of years ago I found this passage attributed to Berger himself:

"I can't tell you what art does and how it does it, but I know that art has often judged the judges, pleaded revenge to the innocent and shown to the future what the past has suffered, so that it has never been forgotten.

I know too that the powerful fear art, whatever its form, when it does this, and that amongst the people such art sometimes runs like a rumour and a legend because it makes sense of what life's brutalities cannot, a sense that unites us, for it is inseparable from a justice at last. Art, when it functions like this, becomes a meeting-place of the invisible, the irreducible, the enduring, guts and honour."

Can anyone tell me where this is from? I'd appreciate any suggestions. Thanks.

[This portrait of Berger is by Laure Vasconi and is © the photographer.]

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

cited on another website as:

"Miners," exhibition catalogue, 1989; in "Keeping a Rendezvous," 1992.

28 February, 2007 07:46  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...


28 February, 2007 08:55  

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