“… everything looks beautiful in black and white…”
The undeniable powerhouse, Kat Robichaud has released a new dramatic video for her song “Artists.” It’s another strong piece of art with pointed social messages. Check it out below.
Video by Andy Strong and Mark Semegen
Kat Robichaud shared this statement about the new video:
What is “Artists” about? A lot of things that all boil down to one thing- we need to grow as a society and we need to learn from the past. I first got the idea for the song when I was visiting an art gallery downtown. There was a particular exhibit that caught my attention- several black and white images of impoverished America from the 60s. And I thought it was interesting that even though these people were obviously poor and their clothing was dirty and beat up, they looked beautiful. This photographer had turned them into art and captured a single fragile moment in history. I mumbled to myself “artists will make us look beautiful in the future”. And then I started thinking further and turning my attention to war photographers and photojournalists. It is their job to capture humanity and the failures of men, so that people can examine them and learn from them. But as we see over and over again, history repeats itself. Is this because we look at the picture of the little girl from the Vietnam War, running naked because napalm has burnt the clothes off of her body, and we almost see it/ interpret it as art? Because we’re so far removed from it? Wasn’t the point of the photographer taking that picture in that horrible moment so that they can show the world and say “look what we’re doing! how do we stop this?”
The original ending of “Artists” was a plea. “Artists/ Please Make Us/ Look” but it got changed throughout the recording process. The song is a plea for everyone to do better. To care for their fellow man, regardless of their skin color or their status. I play a 1920s soothsayer, a movie star with no voice yet, only an image on a screen. I also play the 1950s pearl clutcher, who looks down on others and can’t be bothered to come down off of her horse or have her world shaken up. My dancers Jain Dowe and Juliano Wade represent the dystopian future, where the cracks are showing and the white paint is flaking off their bodies as they dance and hold each other. The background images are all photographs from Life magazine from the past, representing the civil rights movement, women’s suffragette, various wars, and protests- all distorted, blown up, and bleeding with heavy contrast.
“Please show me how we kept our heads held high/ how we carried ourselves/ how we handed down the fight/ how we buried ourselves”