What is an Artist’s Manifesto?

‘The artists manifesto is a passport to modernity. To goddamned modernity. / And then to post-modernity. To poor, put-upon post-modernity. / And beyond.’ - Alex Danchev, 100 Artists’ Manifestos

The first Refugi and Company manifesto, The Grace Manifesto, was written in the autumn of 2015. Artists have a history of making public declarations of their intentions, particularly when the world starts to shake a little bit more than usual. At Refugi, The Artist’s Manifesto(s) is supported by The Monastic Rule of Life. The two are declarations of intent and the scaffolding of our practice.


 

#GRACEMANIFESTO

A CALL TO MOVE BEYOND FEAR. AND DO THE WORK. TOGETHER.

THE MANIFESTO

~ONE~

I DO NOT LET MY PERSONAL FEAR GET IN THE WAY OF THE WORK I KNOW AM HERE TO DO. THIS IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN ME.

~TWO~

I RESOLVE NOT TO LET FEAR GET THE LAST WORD. THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT I AM NOT AFRAID. I AM COURAGEOUS. 
I  STAND UP AND ACT OUT OF LOVE.

~THREE~

I AM TENDER. I FORGIVE MYSELF AND OTHERS FOR EVERYTHING. ALWAYS.

~FOUR~

I TAKE CARE OF MY SELF SO THAT I MAY TAKE CARE OF OTHERS. AND SO THAT THEY MAY TAKE CARE OF ME.

~FIVE~

I VOW TO PROTECT MY SPECIES, HUMANKIND, FROM SELF-DESTRUCTION.
AND HUMANKIND MEANS ALL OF US.
ALL OF US.

~SIX~

I ANSWER THE CALL DEEP INSIDE MY HUMAN SOUL TO PROTECT THIS PLANET, MY HOME. I STAND IN MY LAND AND DEFEND IT AT ALL COSTS.

~SEVEN~

I AM SILENT. I  LISTEN.
I SPEND TIME IN MY BODY, HEART AND MIND SO I CAN HEAR THE CALL.

~EIGHT~

I FORGET MY OLD STORIES ABOUT TIME.
I FORGET MY OLD STORIES ABOUT MONEY.
I ACT WHEN I AM CALLED TO DO SO.
AND ONLY THEN.
(THIS IS ART. TIME IS ART.)

~NINE~

I WILL UNLEASH ALL OF MY CREATIVE HUMAN FORCE INTO THIS WORLD. EVEN WHEN IT SCARES ME THE MOST.
(ESPECIALLY WHEN IT SCARES ME THE MOST.)

~TEN~

I AM ALIVE. AWAKE IN EVERY MOMENT.
I WALK THE LINE OF FIRE AND I WILL NOT GO BACK TO SLEEP.
I WILL NOT GO BACK TO SLEEP.