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Question 16: Do you think an artist has a specific role to play in society? If so, what is it?
I think that everybody has a role to play in society, the artist as well as everyone else. Not the artist more than another or less than another, it should be for everybody - the Earth belongs to everybody – just like any other occupation. It’s true that, maybe you ask that thinking the artist is a public person. But I don’t really see it that way because I don’t promote myself, but my works. I stay behind my paintings. Even an interview like this, it’s a bit strange for me because it’s my paintings that I want to show, not really myself. There was a time in the Middle Ages, when the monks, when they were composing Gregorian monodies, didn’t sign them, in order to preserve their anonymity. I find that very beautiful. It wasn’t about them, about becoming known, it was about giving something to music. I like that a lot. It is far from the art of relational aesthetics that we see today, where it is not necessarily the object that is important but the relationship of the artist with the person viewing, the viewer. That’s not me at all. For me, it’s about the object I present, the research that I’ve done is in the object. That’s it. The phenomenon of being recognized as an artist is quite recent, it didn’t exist a long time ago. One hundred years ago painters had their craft and they painted and they had contracts. But today with the media there is a lot of this idea to promote someone. Sometimes people become very well known, others less. But this is new, and it isn’t something that necessarily leads to art as such. So it emphasizes the ego, it isn’t necessarily related and doesn’t bring anything to your art.