by: In Our Words Staff
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Artists use fashions, languages, musical styles, objects of religious, spiritual, or cultural significance of cultures they were neither born into or raised near. It can be a difficult line to see at times, but when do artists cross from appreciating another culture, from using style to provoke thought or show an in depth interest, to outright stealing. Better yet, how does one work with symbols and styles from other cultures with respect?
Patrick found a few examples of things that he likes (even loves) but at a point verge into being dangerously culturally appropriative real:
Devendra Banhart’s “Carmentsita” features himself and, his then partner, Natalie Portman enacting a 60s Hindi drama. Neither is Indian, but Banhart was raised by a mother who followed an Indian religious leader.