A question on artistic freedom

A question on artistic freedom


It’s difficult What do I want to know? A question on artistic freedom… If I have a question? Can I, can I am thinking about this? A question on artistic freedom Tic, tac, tic, tac… Maybe a question
for me here would be… The question I would like to ask is… Ah, yes What is artistic freedom to you? What is artistic freedom to you? For me, artistic freedom, for me is like my breath of life it’s my oxygen For someone like me who
does not express himself with words who prefers to express himself with art it really is better because with art you can do a lot of things Artistic freedom, to me,
means that you are able to do and say and promote, and create whatever you want and in whatever shape, format or platform
that you find suitable Freedom to exercise your thoughts Freedom of speech, freedom to speak The freedom to exhibit your work And exhibiting your work means a lot because when you show your work you really give yourself to the audience And, when you give yourself to the public you no longer have a choice It means that people are free to give their point of view and you must accept
all points of view I think that freedom of expression goes both ways, no? Of course, we are free to express what we think but other people are free to express
what they think about us When you write, when you compose,
when you paint, when you sculpt the world is there You do not see it but the world is there But, if you express it in a language
that nobody understands it’s useless So, for me, freedom is not 100% free you can do anything No. Freedom is about
how you can adjust the situation but at the same time,
you have a freedom to express So, that inevitably involves tension often with authority figures with the opposition, with society
and even with ourselves Because we must not forget that
there are often artists who censor themselves There are some topics that people systematically self-censor about and those are often the ones
we should be speaking about I mean some red lines, some rules
that you must obey But, you break the rules Yeah, but they arrested us because of this But we were not free Yes, they arrested you, but
you are free in your mind …you don’t understand what it means to be of this land you have to learn how to read marks on the trees Of course, there is
a gender perspective in all this even here in Scandinavia,
where we’re rumored to be so egalitarian and where women are supposed to be
equal to men Still, 70% of the musicians appearing
on the festival stages are men Still, there is a huge majority of men
within the music industry within the music business the people who book festivals in Norway
are almost exclusively men Females are often double persecuted not only because of them being outspoken,
saying what they want but also for being
women saying it It’s complicated to express values
when the TV, every day shows you clips from international artists
who are in their underwear who are half-naked
and yet when it’s an artist from here,
they get locked up Afterwards, they will tell you:
“No, but that is because they are
from elsewhere, but she’s our woman” So this expression:
“She is from here, she is ours” what does that mean? The mother role, the wife role, or the daughter role,
that is you know, that is limiting
to their artistic creation I remember a collective, up-and-coming,
very strong here, that said “Hey, Fatou, listen,
we’re doing an exhibition there and we need a woman…” I’ll translate from Wolof, “bu tang”,
which means someone hot “…and we thought of you.
Are you available?” But, of course I’m not available
if I’m being categorized like that On our ID cards,
we do haveartistas our professions But that’s like…
not saying anything about our practice Even if my neighbor, asked me
“What are you doing for a living?” it’s better to say that I’m a designer because if I say that I am an artist they will kind of go:
“What? An artist?” People call you with a different mimic on the face so they say:
“Oh so he’s an artist, you know” It means that
“he doesn’t make money” and “he smokes a lot” “he sleeps on the street” When speaking
about artistic freedom it would be necessary to also speak of
before, maybe, of the status of the artist because before being
free to express oneself one must legally exist If you want to go to the West, for example you do not have any evidence
to prove that you are an artist A lot of artists have to do all kinds of other jobs which they don’t like
and they don’t want to do but they have to do them
just because of money Does it impact creativity? Does it affect freedom?
Of course! There is a proverb that says:
“An empty stomach is not free” We are shifting
from a moment in which the artist’s role to society on a more ideological or philosophical level,
was valued to a moment where
artists are seen as another force
to drive the economy What is selling?
What is commercial? Which customer group
wants this? Wants that? And, I have also worked
with marketing before so I know how to make art
that is commercial and people want
to have on your walls But, that is limiting it is very limiting We are here. We are lost.
We evolve alone and there are
all kinds of predators You have
the local politician You have
the local businessman You have
the other creators I think that one of the things to address
all of this is having a legal status having a certain structure that certain practices are regulated that we are protected
by certain agreements When discussing artistic freedom,
I think about access to everything
that is cultural It is important that
we have this access because culture is part
of our daily life To be able to go
to see museums to go see exhibitions and also to be able to understand
what message an artist is trying to convey If people are going to access free arts also the producer has to be free and the artist himself
has to be free in history Production is
one step It’s only one step This is not the end That is to say, one
can produce but every artist wants
his works to be seen The first sponsor
is the public The public buys tickets for a concert The public buys CD’s, even if
it is a disappearing trend People do not often think
of having to pay to go to a play, or a dance recital,
or even to buy a book or a CD We are still in this mentality
of it being free The public is under the impression that
they are choosing their artists, their pieces whereas I think
that, in reality the public is conditioned by media pressure One of the peculiarities
of today’s music is that we invest more money
in communication for music than in its creation Especially, now it’s
algorithm-driven media so on your gadget, for example,
you see exactly what you like because the algorithm
defines it for you Digital has made
a lot of things easier It has allowed art to persevere and enter other
more international, dimensions The Internet is the only one place that
we can express ourselves freely The internet can help
to improve our skills, just by ourselves We can learn by the Internet Sometimes the Internet kind of demands
that our work should be distributed for free There will be readers with, and
readers against I don’t think so that the internet
gave us freedom but they gave us access
to understanding what freedom is Yeah…internet is… It’s like nuclear, you know It can be both…
It can be used both ways So, through performances,
through exhibitions through festivals then I can share the real space Because real space
is very important for people right now I wish we could just breathe
and just make all kinds of songs and we didn’t have
to make protest songs and we didn’t have to
always… …explain We need to work on the… on how to communicate
the art to the public because there are
very many different levels People are not
in the same level of education different contexts There is a good reason why people who are not into arts themselves
should care about artistic freedom because when the ceiling,
when the threshold of the freedom of speech
is lowered musicians and artists are often
the first ones to notice it There are always limits
when we create but now it’s about whether
we are willing to go beyond our limits or whether we give up If we give up, we are dead We are no longer creators You see, people are applauding.
They agree with me Do you really feel
free as an artist? If not why?
What is stopping you? Do you think or feel the artist is responsible for
the kind of art he is giving out to the society? Does he sometimes
censor himself? What reason makes
you want to censor yourself? Does freedom of expression allow someone
to offend millions of others? How is artistic expression
understood in your country? What are you doing
to promote artistic expression? What do you think about artistic freedom
for female artists in your country? Where do women fit in the arts,
in digital arts, and in visual arts? Does the Internet give you
more freedom or more barriers? And, what if we talked about artistic freedom
in terms of access to economy? Are you making art
looking for money… or to express yourself? What can we do more
as artists and civil society? How do you do foreign affairs
without culture involved in it? What is the benefit
of artistic freedom… for those who don’t do art? How do we continuously
secure artistic freedom? Why are you so scared? What’s the problem
with a lady singing from a stage or an artist expressing something
that you don’t totally understand or a musician having a lyric
that opposes your policy? What’s the problem? Go into debate Don’t censor

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