(Jina’s version of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci)
The Mona Lisa belongs to us. It is a piece of our rich cultural history. We have inherited a visual language that has been developed over the centuries. We can see an image as a symbol that can be adapted and claimed as our own. You can be an artist because it’s part of your birthright. Our civilization rests on a foundation of culture. As an individual you might not have inherited a large array of tools and resources, but you’re a member of a larger community and through this group you have inherited the richest of cultural assets. You can view a masterpiece and you can create your own version. You can own the Mona Lisa.