Luca M Damiani
Author/Artist - Kiss&Arrow : "A Kiss to the Way We Are - An Arrow for Direction" - [Art + Op:Poetry&Questions]

Unconscious Bias?

'Unconscious Bias' Luca M Damiani - Kiss and Arrow 2023 -
'Unconscious Bias?' Luca M Damiani - Kiss and Arrow 2023 -

Is it



Unconscious Bias

exists in many facets.

Many have it,
towards Israel,
let’s admit it.

Unconscious Bias
in many thougths
for peace and love
that yet don’t speak
in walks and words.

Unconscious Bias
of Me-Too in total silence,
like if Oct 7th rapes
were nothing less
than “deserved.”

Unconscious Bias
of the UN Chief saying
“it didn’t happen in a vacuum,”
like if that was something
he would also say to BLM.

Unconscious Bias
of the LGBT+ liberals
to support a “group”
that would put a ban
and end to them.

Unconscious Bias
of UNWRA staff
who protect the
pipelines of “resistance”
with a long thick silence.

Unconscious Bias
of international NGOs
that have been in Gaza
for too long and just look
at what they’ve done.

Unconscious Bias
of politicians
constantly calling
Israel to cease the fire,
while asking nothing of Hamas.

Unconscious Bias
of perhaps not being
“anti-semitic” towards the Jews,
but clearly then being
anti-all-Israelis; and not a few.

Unconscious Bias
of being so anti-westerner
but yet marching in westerner cities
with westerner free speech
and westerner laws.

Unconscious Bias
of pretending to know
what is right in the Middle-East,
while we don’t even know
what our EU neighbor needs.

Unconscious Bias
of being left or right,
always in search for labels
to lazily depict the “other”
and put them in a box.

Unconscious Bias
of being a UK police officer
taking down posters of
Israeli hostages but
leaving up Palestinian flags.

Unconscious Bias
of always blaming others,
but perhaps we should have
a deep look to find a way forward
for all of our inner selves.

Unconscious Bias
can have many facets,
and we should reflect on it;
let’s take a moment to pick out
the bias that are in us.

But the same question
Is it
Unconscious Bias?

About the Author
Luca M Dami­ani is an Artist, Author and Uni­ver­si­ty Fel­low, focus­ing his ongo­ing cre­ative prac­tice and research on dis­abil­i­ty, neu­roscience, technology and nature. His work also crosses over with human rights and social design. Luca has a neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­abil­i­ty (52% impair­ment of cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem func­tion) and has had var­i­ous visu­al art books and aca­d­e­m­ic arti­cles pub­lished, as well as being exhib­it­ed inter­na­tion­al­ly. Luca has worked and col­lab­o­rat­ed with insti­tu­tions such as BMJ Med­ical Human­i­ties, Mozil­la, Amnesty Inter­na­tion­al, BBC, Sci­ence Gallery, Com­put­er Arts Soci­ety, Dis­ney, Uni­ver­si­ty of the Arts Lon­don, Yale Uni­ver­si­ty, Jewish Book Council, TATE, V&A and more.
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