English Paper on Rhetorical Analysis about Kehinde Wily and MIA Interview

Rhetorical Analysis about Kehinde Wily and MIA Interview


 Kehinde Wiley and MIA were part of an interview that was published by Interview magazine. The main factor that helped Interview magazine in building an excellent reputation is by bringing famous people and letting them interview one another. Kehinde and MIA talked about development of their work and the modern art. The two authors concentrated on their experiences in regards to arts and made conclusions that they would change the perception of people towards art. The paper will give a rhetorical analysis about “Interview”.

During the interview, Kehinde talked about his experience in New York and the reason he established some studios in several countries. He accounts for the establishment of the studios in several countries using his willingness to help people, particularly those that are considered to reside in remote areas. ‘‘I like helping people and especially the ones who lack the opportunity of seeing themselves in prestigious parts of the world like America” (Kehinde 156). Kehinde tried to target the Blacks in general and the African American society specifically. On the other hand, MIA paid attention to a story she had had as an experience. In her story, she said that she was lucky to have a meeting with the mayor of New York and his rich friends. She explained how she was angry when she realized that rich people have superior classical positions that they use to bring favors to themselves. This meant that they had no audience. In addition to this, she mentioned of another experience she had encountered while she was in Sri –Lanka. She was afraid because of the experience she had in New York and hoped that the same occurrence would not be part of her life. What I find strange about this is that people are selfish and only mind about their welfare forgetting that their actions may affect others negatively. For instance, on that night, the rich used the influence they had to control and stop art so that they could have dinner. This affected the poor who were part of the audience. The textual strategy used is a smile.

 Both Kehinde and MIA talk of their experiences and feel charged with the obligation of taking the message to their audiences. They portray the good riddance in them and set a good example to the rest of the public. In this case, different people from different corners of the world have different feelings and perceptions of art. To be specific, the African Americans have different types of cultures that are the main determinant of the different emotions that they have towards art. What I find interesting about the two authors is that they are both determined to take the message that culture can be incorporated into art. For instance, they use sensible and marvelous means to convince their audiences that people can have different types of art using the different types of culture they attribute to their lives.

Every culture is like a school, something new is learnt from it every day. However, it depends on one’s personality. Depending on the kind of things one looks for in life, which are founded by the culture he or she is subjected to, he or she will always finally get them. If you are looking for the good things you will find them, and if you looking for bad things, they are easy to find. MIA says, “I think travelling helps” (MIA 181). Deductive reasoning is one of the factors that helped in explaining MIA’s point of view. Travelling can help an artist in building a relationship between him/her and his/her pathos in other countries. Most of the artists are trying to learn their fans’ languages, so they will be able to communicate in a proper way with them, by travelling as they will get to know their languages. Moreover, the artist will get a chance to know and explore a new culture, which can help him in developing his/her ideas. Human beings are not the same, so the artists are willing to do their best in the process of making their fans proud of them. However, sometimes art could be frustrating. What I find interesting about this is that it is a great chance for an artist to change his/her mood in a different country. Artists could find their true personality in the place that they are visiting. For example, as an artist, MIA benefitted a lot and acquired some artistic knowledge that was enough in convincing her pathos, colleagues, and Kehinde. Deductive reasoning and point of view are the strategies used.

    Wealth gives one power. In the society, the rich seem to have more power than the poor simply because of the wealth they have in their hands. They are perceived to have the power to change certain situations by other fellow members of the community. According to MIA, “you can’t have real art happen in an institution because rich people can make the world stop” (182). MIA uses inartistic proof by giving facts and examples of what is going on. MIA described art as a tool that rich people can control whenever they want. MIA is trying to reach her pathos by telling them that they have to stop such a phenomenon, because it influences art in a bad way, and it is one of the reasons, which encouraged the poor African American society to go to the streets. On the other hand, the ethos does not blame her pathos because she believed in pathos, and she trusted them to make the right choice, and to stand against those rich people who offended art. What is interesting in this concept is that a person who has much wealth has the ability to control almost everything in the society. For instance, in one of her shows, MIA met the mayor of New York, and the dinner table was full of rich people. There was a fan swinging in its momentum, but suddenly it stopped. She uses a hasty generalization in her illustration.


Art reflect the real phenomenon that is in the ground in a society. In this case, this means that people have different emotions concerning arts because the situations they are exposed to are different. To be specific, the art described in the paper relates to the United Arab Emirates society. In short, the background that one is attached to determines art. Being raised in a different region from the one mentioned in the paper, some differences are visible between art in this region and in my region. This is mostly reflected in the differences in culture between the two regions. Some of the differences are that in my region, the poor are not inferior to the rich though they are at a lower social class than the poor. Art therefore does not depend on the social classes of people because it is taken to be part of every human.

Works Cited

M.I.A. M.i.a. London: Pocko Editions, 2002. Print.

Wiley, Kehinde. “Interview.” Writing Public Lives 3rd Edition, (180- 192), 2012 Print.