The Question of Light: Tilda Swinton’s speech at the Rothko Chapel

There are places where souls meet — beyond the borders of race, gender, age, or any other label that separates light from light. There are things the soul knows, things the heart overstands, places where we are almost divine in our touching of life –may we become the light we seek. There is something beyond or both … maybe neither…a third path, perhaps there are infinite paths and what we need is the light to find them.

Conner Habib

tildaBelow is the only place to read Tilda Swinton’s moving and radiant speech at the Rothko Chapel in Texas.  

Why do I have it?  A brief explanation.

Last year, actress Tilda Swinton was presented with the Rothko Chapel Visionary Award at the The Rothko Chapel, which is home to fourteen of Mark Rothko’s paintings.  It’s also a spiritual and human rights center whose mission is “to inspire people to action through art and contemplation, to nurture reverence for the highest aspirations of humanity, and to provide a forum for global concerns.”

One of her friends (writer William Middleton, mentioned in the unabridged version of the speech) sent the speech along to me and my boyfriend.  We read it aloud to each other, we paused, we marveled at the wisdom: art and light and compassion.  Then we read it again, inspired by its unfolding grace.  

When I tried to…

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About Ayodele Nzinga, MFA, PhD

I create; therefore I am.
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