Saturday, August 14, 2010

A quote from today...

"Strangely, the foreigner lives within us: he is the hidden face of our identity, the Space that wrecks our abode, the time in which understanding and affinity founder. By recognizing him within ourselves, we are spared detesting him in himself. A symptom that precisely turns 'we' into a problem, perhaps makes it impossible. The foreigner comes in when the consciousness of my difference arises and he disappears when we all acknowledge ourselves as foreigners." -Julia Kristeva.

An appropriate quote to think about as I spent the day learning about south african history and seeing it expressed in art.

1 comment:

Anastasia Brewster said...

This quote is haunting. I love it. It is so relevant here in the States, too, where we try to protect ourselves behind borders, whether they be thousand mile long fences, gates around our communities, or residential isolation from the "least of" in our society.