Heartbreak America

”…no other nation on Earth comes close to experiencing the frequency of mass shootings that we see in the United States. No other developed nation tolerates the levels of gun violence that we do. Every time this happens, we’re told that tougher gun laws won’t stop all murders; that they won’t stop every deranged individual from getting a weapon and shooting innocent people in public places. But the evidence shows that they can stop some killings. They can save some families from heartbreak. We are not helpless here. And until all of us stand up and insist on holding public officials accountable for changing our gun laws, these tragedies will keep happening”.

“We should soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalises racist sentiments; leaders who demonise those who don’t look like us, or suggest that other people, including immigrants, threaten our way of life, or refer to other people as sub-human, or imply that America belongs to just one certain type of people.”

“It has no place in our politics and our public life. And it’s time for the overwhelming majority of Americans of goodwill, of every race and faith and political party, to say as much – clearly and unequivocally.”

Former US President Barack Obama

August 5th, 2018 following the mass shootings in
El Paso, Texas on August 3rd 2019 & Dayton, Ohio on August 4th 2019.

 

Boatspotting

From Hutchinson Island, overlooking River Street. All boats are welcome on Savanna River, from floating skyscrapers aka ocean-going vessels and their accompanying tugs, to those cute and colourful Belles ferry boats that provide free transit across the river, in style.

The Savannah Belles Ferry fleet includes four vessels named in honour of four distinguished women from Savannah’s history: Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the first American Girl Scout troops, Susie King Taylor, who gained her freedom from slavery at the age 14 and went on become a nurse during the Civil War and later opened one of Savannah’s first schools for African-American children, Florence Martus, the Waving Girl, and Mary Musgrove, a Native American who served as an interpreter for General Oglethorpe during the founding of Savannah.

April 7th, 2018

Beyond Savannah || Wormsloe Historic Site

The oldest of Georgia’s tidewater estates, Wormsloe has remained in the hands of the same family since the mid-1730s. Claimed and developed by founding Georgia colonist Noble Jones, Wormsloe has successively served as a military stronghold, plantation, country residence, farm, tourist attraction, and historic site. Nonetheless, Wormsloe’s most characteristic and defining use has been as the ancestral home of Noble Jones’s descendants. [source & further details]

But, for us, it was the long walk under this wondrous oak tree arch, the omnipresent moss providing even more shade – or cover from the rain. It was raining that day but we still preferred to walk rather than taking the car down the avenue, like so many other visitors did. Because listening to the magic chorus of rain and bird song, inhaling that fresh, woody scent of rain as it blended with the earth and fallen leaves, was an experience we wouldn’t have changed for the world. Not even for a dry pair of shoes.

April 7th, 2018

Tears in rain

In memory of Rutger Hauer, who acted in more films than I would care to count, but will forever be remembered in our hearts as Roy Batty, the terrifying yet poetic replicant fighting against ”retirement” – which in the dystopian world of Blade Runner, meant quite simply ”his life”.

I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.

Time to die.

As fate would have it, Rutger Hauer died on 19 July 2019 – the same year that Roy was ”retired”.

July 20, 1969 || One small step for Man

Buzz Aldrin Walking on the Surface of the Moon Near a Leg of the Lunar Module,


Buzz Aldrin with Apollo 11 Lunar Module on the Moon, Neil Armstrong


Apollo 11 Command and Service Modules Photographed from the Lunar Module in Orbit, 1


Buzz Aldrin on the Moon with the American Flag,


Astronauts in Lifeboat After Apollo 11 Splashdown,


Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Apollo’s Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art, surveys visual representations of the moon from the dawn of photography through the present. In addition to photographs, the show features a selection of related drawings, prints, paintings, films, astronomical instruments, and cameras used by Apollo astronauts.

It will run through September 22, 2019. One more good reason to return to the Met.

July 20th, 2019

Being: Tarsila & Henri & Joanna & Sofia

Getting acquainted with the work of Tarsila do Amaral, whose art is as stunning as the artist herself; capturing the minimal geometry of New York’s temple of modern art; feeling the urge to stop by ”The Piano Lesson”, one of Matisse’s most interesting compositions (a few more times and I might even begin to like it); leaping from modern art to ”New Photography” and its 2018 edition examining how photography can capture ”what it means to be human”. liaTarsila do Amaral, Estudo (Academia no. 2), 1923, oil on canvas


Tarsila do Amaral, A  Gare, 1925, oil on canvas


Tarsila do Amaral, O touro, 1928, oil on canvas


Tarsila do Amaral, O sono, c. 1928, oil on canvas


Tarsila do Amaral, Urutu, 1928, oil on canvas


Tarsila do Amaral, Operários, 1933, oil on canvas


Henri Matisse, The Piano Lesson, 1916, oil on canvas


Joanna Piotrowska, XXIII Frowst, 2013-2014, silver gelatin hand print


Sofia Borges. Theatre, or Cave, 2014. UV-printed wallpaper, printed 2018


Sofia Borges, Yellow Chalk, 2017,  pigmented inkjet print


MoMA, March 25th, 2018