From an interview with damali ayo

damali ayo (creator of rent-a-negro.com) was interviewed in Bitch magazine’s Fall 2005 issue.

I found a lot of it inspiring and/or paralleling to my own aspirations and/or practices in political art.

(I don’t really agree with the very first sentence–on all art being activism [though that might depend on how you define activism]–but the rest is just beautiful.)

    “‘I believe that all art is a radical form of social activism. In the art world and in our society, we’ve made the grave mistake of separating the two–sometimes, when we look at socially minded art, we think it’s less artistic, when it’s actually the height of art.'”“‘Satire cannot exist without reality,’ she insists, ‘and only reality can be absurd enough to build solid satire. I find reality to be far more provocative than anything I could ever make up…'”“‘Intellectualizing and comedy both create an atmosphere where action becomes an option. This [book, How to Rent a Negro] is in between those two extremes–it is at once really funny and really not funny.‘ Following the modest proposal once made by Jonathan Swift, Ayo [sic] believes in the need for startling provocation in order to instigate meaningful change. ‘We need to throw the pepper in the sauce [in order] for people to start tasting things. When you intersect the radical with the mundane, the socially weighted with the everyday occurrences, that’s when things get really fascinating.
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