Revolutionary Artists

George Orwell once said, “In the time of Universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” Three years on a crazy backpacking trip from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City. Franky and I experienced Guadalajara.

We didnt know anything about the city but were taken a back when we experienced Orozco. The video is nothing compared to the intense feelings you get when seeing the terrifying image of Miguel Hidalgo, father of Mexican independence. That summer was the first time I saw the power of art to revolutionize the minds of the people; Orozco was one of three pioneers including Frida Kahlo’s husband Diego Rivera and David Siqueiros.

14106982_Orozco Mural of Hidalgo at City Hall  Palacio del Gobierno  Guadalajara  Mexico (By Orozco)

These pioneers expressed their philosophies, through their art form. Today we have movies in which our modern day artist express their ideas. That summer’s experience was so intense and as I returned back home, I came across Helen Keller’s words “The woman who began the race is much different than the one who ended it.”

Its been along time since I have had a chance to reflect on this and as 2009 is wrapping up, I was pleasantly surprised to see some of Orozco, Rivera and Siqueiros work the Singapore Art Museum. It almost feels like nature is reminding me that no matter what is happening around you, inner truth is a revolution.

 

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