In this short dialogue in “FLARE” (Magazine, June 2013 issue) CANADIAN ARTIST: SHARY BOYLE. says a lot!
Her work is fascinating and being celebrated at the Venice Biennale, the largest international art fair in the world, FANTASTIC!
However, I could not help but hone in on one paragraph, which I would like to say I read with disbelieve, but unfortunately, no, I have heard, and seen, much evidence of what Ms. Boyle is saying here before. I am glad to see she her saying it out loud again though.
The interviewer (Sheila Heti) asks “How much has the government spent on Venice?
Shary replies: Nearly everything has to be privately funded by the National Gallery. The Harper government does not have a policy for culture outside of Canada. They’re like “Ideally, we’d like to sell that pavilion, if you want to do something inside of Canada, fine, but we don’t believe in the worth of putting Canadian culture into the world.” They don’t understand that that’s an export that brings money and interest back into our country.
…“we don’t believe in the worth of putting Canadian culture into the world”…
BRAVO to SHARY BOYLE for saying it out loud.
BRAVO to SHARY BOYLE and the NATIONAL GALLERY (and it’s supporters) for such success!
BRAVO to all CANADIANS who are pushing us forward!