Great art speaks: perspective for policymakers

My favorite installation at the 2008 Biennial ( was “Divine Violence” (2007) by Daniel Joseph Martinez. The installation consumes a very large room with yellow panels on every wall from floor to ceiling, creating a mausoleum-like environment. Centered on each panel are the names of 20th- and 21st-century government or revolutionary groups (e.g., KGB, Khmer Rouge, Tamil Tigers, al Qaeda, CIA, and many more). It reminded me of the old saying: One man’s cause is another man’s cause for revolution.

Today’s leaders responsible for foreign and domestic policy should visit this installation. It embraces and conveys history, perspective and context.

Great art speaks for itself.


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