The importance of wearing a mask

There still seems to be some debate about wearing a mask or not during the current pandemic. Blatantly ignoring the fact that cultures where masks are routinely worn in public seem to have fared – much – better. Singapore? Japan? Korea? Adversaries of wearing a mask appear to all be rednecks of various hues. All…

Guernica by Dora Maar

1937. Civil war is raging in Spain. Volunteers from all over the world run to Spain to enlist in the International brigades. War is sinister. Civil war is “sinisterer”. Friends against friends. Neihbours against neighbours. Brothers against brothers. On April 26, 1937, the little town of Guernica in Spain, between Bilbao and San Sebastian, is…

Street art new and old

When we bought the new house in the South of Mexico city, in the Tlalpan neighbourhood, there was a house nearby, entirely painted with “street art”. Motifs inspired from pre-Colombian lore. Here’s how it looked from left to right. The central figure was a red-hair tree-woman (goddess?) The scroll coming out of her mouth was…

Lakshmi

  “Garnier, have you seen Lakshmi?” “No, Doudart,” I said. “I haven’t. Who is Lakshmi?” “How can you possibly not have seen her?” Doudart asked. “She walks the compound all night. The most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen!” “Doudart, my friend, Lakshmi is an Indian name. We’re in China, in Yunnan. Don’t you remember? This…

Kahlo and Rivera part 2

A portrait of Frida Kahlo at Diego Rivera’s house in San Angel, Mexico city. Study in yellow, Diego’s house. Sculpture by Alberto de la Vega, 1966. Hmm. Rivera died in 1957, so what is that doing there? Portrait of Dolores Olmedo by Diego Rivera. 1955. Dolores Olmedo (1908-2002) was a Mexican entrepreneur and patron of…

Kahlo & Rivera

Self-portrait with a hat, 1907. Diego Rivera. Dolores Olmedo Museum. Rivera was in Europe then, in Madrid. Frida Kahlo with a motorbike, Mexico city, c.2019. Kahlo’s image is everywhere. This is a rather Op-Art version I suspect she would have liked. Diego Rivera’s workshop and house in San Angel, Mexico city. Rivera lived there from…

Pot-Pourri (6)66

“Stay safe”. (c) Anthony Wallace/AFP/Le Point. One of those pictures you wish you had taken yourself. “Scotty? Spock? Uhura? Ready? Scotty: unlock engines, please. Full warp.” “Finestra”. Tlalpan, Mexico. c. May 2020. The window, as much of the neigbourhood is 16-17th century. Sneaked out of lock-down. This one is for Flavia Vinci. She likes windows.…

Banksy revisited

Today I felt like helping “meself” to a shot’a Bansky. On the rocks. Revisit last year’s extraordinary expo in Paris. Maybe re-read his work through the lens of the past few months. Let’s start with a good news: the door Bansky painted at the Bataclan in Paris, in homage to the victims, had been stolen.…

Pre-confined Travellers

Will you dance with me? Travellers 94 & 95, Tlalpan, Mexico city, 2018. Bored. Traveller 96. Café Procope, Paris 2019. The hand. Facing Saint-Eustache. Traveller 74. Paris 2019. Catwoman is back. Traveller 63. Tlalpan. 2018. Kant or Heidegger? Traveller 97. Paris 2019. Before the sh*t hit the fan. Travellers 98 & 99. Paris last year.…