The earliest memory of division is probably this story: ‘If you had three apples and two other friends, how many apples would each one have?’ And then, the earliest symbol for division is the rigid line with two dots on either side, never moving, never meeting, never crossing over. It is seared in our brains that the idea of division is sacrosanct – you pick a side and you stay there.
Thankfully, the arts give us a fluid construct from which to view ‘division’, our theme for the month. This issue we want to look at artist(e)s who structurally or ideologically engage with this great divide – sometimes by intention, sometimes my circumstance, and sometimes by coincidence – giving us new ideas, perspectives and the possibility to change the stories we have heard and symbols we have grown up with. And, most importantly, to re-negotiate this intensely polarised world with its seeming allure of connectedness. To bring the tolerance of thought into the divisiveness of actions.