"I tried to give thoughtful answers. When M, in her cool and attentive way, translated them, they sounded even more thoughtful.
She was listening to me while I spoke, closely enough to convey what I had said concept for concept, if not word for word. But what surprised me was that I was listening to her too. In the necessary silence (on my part) between my giving an answer and its relay to the audience, I had the opportunity to consider carefully what I had just said, and what I might say next. And when I spoke, I became aware of M's attention as an active silence, like a page on which I was writing my words. I was having a conversation with the host: her questions, my answers. But the deeper conversation was between M and me, because we were translating each other's silences."
- Teju Cole
Spent my last afternoon in NY in Chelsea, where Teju Cole's work has been showing. Loved it so much, needless to say. 'Blind Spot & Black Paper', on show until today. #BlindSpot #StevenKasherGallery