I was rewarded this spring when I took the time to look at a video piece (which I too often pass over) during this spring's Whitney Biennial by Venezuelan born artist Javier Tellez. The film titled "Letter on the Blind For the Use of Those Who See" inspired by an Indian parable “The Blind Men and the Elephant,” films six blind people in gorgeous black and white as they touch different parts of a living elephant. He shows us their “moments of tactile recognition” and alongside we hear their own descriptions of what they feel. The film was touching and beautiful on so many levels I wish it were on youtube for everyone to see. It was commissioned by Creative Time and they have some very good stills here.
All photos: Galerie Peter Kilchmann