One of the most controversial texts discussed today at the Van Abbe talks was one of the texts in the new exhibition 'The Making of Modern Art' . The text started with: "Once upon a time, in a region known as West, art was invented." The whole paragraph stood in an orientalized space in the exhibition, which I experienced as a reverse orientalizing of the West itself. The West was being presented in the text as the subject of the oriental stories that it used to create about the East . Yet when black persons pointed how wrong this text is nevertheless, and how they experience it, I understood that I can't understand what it is to give justice through words and concepts, and that institutions, even with the best intentions, fail to do so all the time. What I admired was this institution's commitment to opening up this painful discussion and being open to multiple voices.