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When Art Meets Philosophy And Questions Identity

Video by Matteo Frittelli – Anish Kapoor | Descension for Galleria Continua, 2015


In this interview realised for a recent solo show in Italy, the British artist Anish Kapoor presents his views on what art and artists are. He draws a parallel with a journey « to discover something » which has to provoke a reflection through (maybe unconsciously) philosophical questions, inducing poetry and beyond.

Interestingly, he also makes a distinction between artworks and what those works really are, the same way our own identity cannot be simply resumed in the body we live in.

« If you think of ourselves, our bodies as an object, we occupy ourselves but I know I’m not just this. I think the same is true of all these things that we reflect upon as art. It’s a very special condition but in art there is this possibility of the object being something else. » ― Anish Kapoor

This refers to concepts such as identity, ego and the fundamental question of who we are, as explored by several generations of philosophers and psychologists. I will not initiate a never ending lecture that will cause more confusion than clarification. I will just repeat what the writer Eckhart Tolle wrote in one of his recent works, offering a very contemporary and accessible synthesis of Eastern spiritual teaching and old traditions…

“You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.” ― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose


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Anish Kapoor – video still from the movie directed by matteo Frittelli, 2015


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Victor HORTA, la maison Autrique (1893) – François SCHUITEN, La théorie du grain de sable (2004) – Encre et acrylique sur papier


“S’il est exact que la logique est la base-même du raisonnement de tout créateur, je crois qu’il ne devrait pas être permis d’interférer avec son rêve de « charme », cette entité délicate et superflue qui souvent s’ajoute à la dure nécessité.”

“If it is correct that logic is the basis of the creator’s slightest reasoning, I believe it must not be allowed to interfere with one’s dream’s of ‘charm,’ that delicate, superfluous entity that often adds to harsh necessity.”

― Victor Horta


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