BLA! SICK! in empathy shocker:Posted: July 5, 2011
Just love this quote from the ever empathetic Iwona Blazwick, Director of Whitechapel Gallery:
“The Whitechapel has an incredible cluster of communities,” she enthuses, “from the Bangladeshi community to the City some of the richest financiers in the world.” (You can practically see the £-signs flashing alongside funding from Tower Hamlets, London Arts and private bodies, she has to raise £700,000 for individual shows).
To reach them she will build on the gallery’s pioneering work in taking artists out of the gallery and into the real world. The ethnic communities, she says, will be asked to advise and help the gallery make decisions. “Artists understand what it’s like to be an outsider, and at the Whitechapel they have developed an extraordinary empathy with kids in exclusion units, for example. We will continue to tap into how artists can bridge those gaps.”
yeh, er….. bridge it?