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ON TRUTH IN ART: IN THE ERUPTIVE MODE


In the Eruptive Mode

Editorial by Pierre Abi Saab, Al Akhbar, Lebanese Daily, 10th May, 2016.

Recently I witnessed a female director stand in front of the Beirut theatre where her work about the Syrian crisis was about to perform and announce to the assembled audience: “Everything you are about to witness is based on true events.” I wondered at that moment what feeling of insecurity might drive her to make such a statement and eradicate the notion that artistic truth differs from empirical truth; or indeed, that it is precisely the dialectical relationship between these two things that defines the uniqueness of an art work.

In art, it’s not important that you relay empirical truth, rather that you create truth through the way in which you relay it. The work I’m referring to above – without wanting to name it – was, as it happens, riddled with artifice, pretence, and shortcuts; soured with an overbearing desire (driven by ideology? By marketing?) to ride on the wave of the ‘Arab Spring’.

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