WAYS OF SEEING: A NEW MUSEUM STORY FOR PLANET EARTH (2017) 4.26.17

by Grace Ndiritu

As a homage to John Berger’s hugely influential 1972 text Ways of Seeing which introduced the idea of the ‘male gaze’ to the general public and forever changed our understanding of how we should view painting—especially those of the naked female form, by merely not seeing these nude women as objects—I thought it would be good to continue an investigation into the questions raised within my first text Healing The Museum. Thus, it maybe useful to read that text first, before beginning this one here. For many years I have been disturbed by the limited and polarizing way that the Western mind has separated mind, body and spirit. This dichotomous way of thinking affects everything from the way governmental policy is created, how global markets are managed, peace and security issues, the food we eat at our tables and the way we interact with art. Yet, the urgency of our current ecological crisis means that it should no longer be a question of ‘if’ objects have a soul but what can we do to heal this split in our thinking-preferably before it destroys our environment and our shared—cultural—future.

Full length essay can be read here