Quotable: Wajdi Mouawad on art and politics

“Now, as one functionary to another, this is the second thing that I wanted to tell you: no government, in showing contempt for artists, has ever been able to survive. Not one. One can, of course, ignore them, corrupt them, seduce them, buy them, censor them, kill them, send them to camps, spy on them, but hold them in contempt, no. That is akin to rupturing the strange pact, made millennia ago, between art and politics.”

–Wajdi Mouawad, “An open letter to Prime Minister Harper”, at The Wrecking Ball

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