It was a small statement, but it struck me forcefully. Reflecting on it later, I think it affected me because I did not know if she was implying that she did not want to be friends with me, or that she misunderstood the role and function of a socially engaged artist and how/why we work with people? Or that she considered it not the job of a hosting organisation to worry about the social life of an artist? I did not expect to be best friends, but I had assumed (perhaps wrongly) that working with an organisation in an embedded, long-term process might mean that we socially interact once in a while. Her response seemed to imply that the onus was on me to fix any problems.

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