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…

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…

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.…

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.…

Street art. Come on! Again?

Konny. Paris, 2013. No more landlord arson. San Francisco. 2016. Butte-aux-cailles. Paris. 2018. Klim, I gather? Liverpool. Or is Berlin? (Mexico city. 2019) I told you a hundred times, stop picking your nose. Butte-aux-cailles, Paris. Zabou. Near Mission St, San Francisco, 2016. Overtagged, alas. “Let’s go urgently to the House of buttons. In Polanco! Jules…

My virtual museum

I could start with a small Renoir. Emil Bührle collection at the Maillol museum. 2019. Claude Monet in his workshop at Giverny. The workshop has remained very much the same. The paintings have been replaced by – very good – copies. Most of the originals are at Orsay I believe. “Love your world”. Latin quarter,…

A morning walk, Angkor

Angkor Vat means, in Khmer: “the capital that became a Buddhist monastery”. The temples of Angkor are a blend between Hinduism and Buddhism. The faces carved out everywhere? I am not sure whether they represent Brahma or Buddha. Or one then the other. A good example of Asian capacity of “Fusion”. The jungle reclaims the…