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Alright, here we go.
Writing this is embarrassing. A trip to palestine, the West bank; Gaza would be best. It all seemed to fit and be a good plan. The reports on the Israeli attack on Gaza were shocking. The pointlessness of it, the feeling of powerlessness about it, caused a temporary involvement. Not with the people, but with the apathy concerned, the apathy of one’s personal situation. Commitment is an exercise against intertia.
Art has insprirations as one of the social players and as a medium of research to bring about changes, among others by a method of critical reflection. This aspiration is based on a feeling of involvement, but what is the range of such a critical attitude?
Visual artists Jack Segbars navigates in his visits to palestine between involvement and scepsis. The questions this raises are: what are the possibilities of artistic commitment? And in a general sense: how does the aesthetic relate to reality?