Monday, July 6, 2009

two sides to the story




last saturday,
my dad & i went to museum of art for my mom.
my mom is a docent, she gives free guided tours to visitors of the museum....
she has been doing this for the past ten + years...

this round, it was an exhibition sponsored by LV.
i was a bit late and when i arrived at the exhibition hall,
the tour has already started and there were lots of people who joined the tour... think around 60+...
then i caught sight of my dad and went up to him.


i noticed there were some people who were wearing yellow T-shirts ~ same kind of yellow T-shirts.... with pieces of paper pinned to the back.

my dad whispered, "these people are here to protest.... just now they interrupted your mom, asking difficult questions....".

it turned out that these people are local artists who are upset with the museum for hosting this particular exhibition....

they are upset because, to them, this exhibition has no element nor value of "art"...
they think it is merely a different way of promoting the brand (i.e. LV) and encouraging the unhealthy local mentality... i.e. a materialistic society....

their concern and anger were written on those pieces of paper pinned to their back....



while i was standing in the crowd listening to my mom,
these people were walking back and forth, standing in front of each piece of art work that my mom was explaining to the crowd... making sure that they were being noticed, especially the messages on their back. my mom was quite nervous....


so,

the two sides to the story:

on one hand, without the sponsorship, some of the artists might never be able to realize their talent... their work might never reach such a wide audience, worldwide..

on the other hand, this is just a "taste-less" promotion of a famous brand... reinforcing the "materialistic" mentality of the mass...

well, if you ask me,

i am indifferent...

both sides have their own rationale... and i respect their viewpoints....

i just care about my mom...

she has spent hours and hours to study and understand each artist and their pieces so that she can deliver the message the artist wants the viewer to grasp... she really enjoys and appreciates art and history....

so, please just leave her alone... she is just a docent helping the visitors to have a better understanding and appreciation of the art pieces... she is not a salesperson luring people to buy LV, nor is she spending the time explaining the history of the handbags, the patterns, etc....

3 comments:

King's Garden said...

agree!@@

betbet said...

motu, support your mom....

candlelite said...

i totally agree! those people who protest are being too innocent (or naive might be a better word)...

your mom is very brave!!