Does art imitate life, or does life imitate art? But how to imitate something of such great complexity? In the relationship between life and the expression that seeks to capture and shine its meaning, art, a series of reflections arise. The reflection of this month’s column is about the need to have all cultural segments equally supported in the municipalities. It is necessary due to the universal essence of the arts, and due to this universality, these segments dialogue with each other and feed each other.
There will not be a good appreciation of a play, or the poetry of a song, for example, if there is not, at the same time, the incentive to read and taste for the literary segment.
As long as there is no appreciation of different musical genres beyond commercial and entertainment, there will also not be an evolution in the ability to listen to the public. This fact limits the commercial power of the other segments while plastering the taste, and the ideology behind it, and also the creative power for a musical evolution that is more fruitful in the diversity and mixture of genres.
In the same way, the sense of the gaze will not develop until there is an opportunity to appreciate the products of the visual arts. This development will appear in the scenography of presentations from other artistic or audiovisual segments.
Finally, artistic and cultural diversity is necessary for a full humanistic evolution. Thus, as time is indivisible, as the poet Mário Quintana said, so is the human being. Although the artistic segments reach the senses in a particular way, the look in the plastic arts, the hearing in music, the human being comprises the five senses, imagination, feelings and much more.
The appreciation of the arts as a tool for human emancipation must also be fully appreciated. This condition can only happen with the investment of resources in a balanced way in the different cultural sectors. But in a condition in which the arts, in the public investment sector, already suffer a great lag in relation to other sectors of public resource allocation, although they are no less important.
It is important to point out that every truly artistic expression, although it belongs to a segment, has universality in its essence. In other words, just as it dialogues with the other segments, more than that, it dialogues with every human being. Thus, a cultural product cannot belong exclusively to an ethnicity, religion, political ideology, etc. Even if it is born within a context, when it is art, in its deepest sense, it transposes that context and becomes universal, and thus belongs to every human being, it belongs to me, and it belongs to you.
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