Artists' Contributions for Parkett's Closing Print Vol. 100/101
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"Dear Parkett,
I don’t know how to thank you for the energy you put into making your magazine for so many years. For your last issue I’m sending you this picture of a sunset by Lou called 'ICanSeeForMiles'. It’s taken from our window that looks out onto the Hudson River and eventually America.
I’m not so sure about endings. Jean-Luc Godard is my guide in this, 'Every story should have a beginning a middle and an end, just not necessarily in that order.' And as I look at Lou’s photograph I think how wonderful it is to see a sun-set through someone else’s eyes. There they are- the same luxurious soft folds of clouds shot from underneath by bright red and purple light. These same clouds and this same sunset can be the I’m not so sure about endings. Jean-Luc Godard is my guide in this, 'Every story should have a begin-ning a middle and an end, just not neces-sarily in that order.' Wringing meaning from nature. What a magic and godlike thing to do. And then collecting these things and giving them context. Thank you everyone at Parkett for building your many tiered and magnificent place that is context.
I am sending a detail of a picture of me in Venice which always reminds me of the first time I was in the city and performed on an altar in a church. For some reason, it was being used as a theater by the art pre-senters. Setting up my keyboards and violin and microphones on a ledge next to chal-ices and directly under a large sculpture of the crucified Christ made an exhilarating and bizarre new connection between art and belief. And it was also when I met the Parkett founders Jacqueline and Bice who became my dear lifelong friends. And I am thinking now of one of my favorite writers John Berger because he taught us how to see and more than that how to treasure images. And now when I see photographs I think of his words 'And our faces, my heart, brief as photos' and how many things are in each photo, the person you were, how people saw you, how you saw them, what you looked like at the time from far above and the countless other ways to look at that image and find meaning in it. And especially now as we struggle in Amer-ica to find meaning I carry John Berger’s book with me now the beautiful, 'Hold Everything Dear: Dispatches on Survival and Resistance.'
Thank you Parkett for collecting these many voices and pictures. I am waving to you."
Laurie Anderson