Based On A True Story

When art takes its inspiration from actual events, where should the line between fact and fiction be allowed to melt away? Do artists have a responsibility to the truth, or do the demands of narrative flow trump historical reality? Dominic Papatola isn’t conflicted: “Historians and journalists have their biases, but they’re at least working with the filters of balance, objectivity and completeness. Artists — at least when they’re making art — don’t have those filters, nor should they be expected to. We’re complacent — no, we’re brainless — if we assume otherwise.”