Yesterday Nani spoke about the wait to execute and how there was worldwide sentiment against it. And then it happens.
Nani left this morning at 6ish. We can feel her absence. I feel changed by knowing her. Her kindness, openness, and inquistiveness were astounding. Last night she sang for us a song of ‘we are the world’ sentiment that is ubiquitous though none of us could name it. A song I wrote off because it was schmaltzly. Then Nani sings it and it is deeply meaningful.
I feel this visit here has put many things in perspective. I think it matters being about health professions, history, scientists, and human rights activities. remember this and Nani when I return to the times of petiness of my life at home.
Akram Zaatari is coming today so I am revisiting the Arab Image Foundation and was led to this review about one of his exhibitions. am esp. struck by this passage – (i added bold)
…preservation of documents from the Middle East and North Africa. Zaatari is from Lebanon, a country whose history is marred by both physical annihilation and memory-related erosion, and his artistic practice is bound to a concept of salvaging the past, of preserving documents and collecting stories that contrast with the official state version of history.
was led to reloading images social network Damascus and found artist KAYA. His website
Reloading Images is a collective of artists and cultural producers. Reloading Images analyzes and investigates images and opinions about the “here” and “there” and the “Orient” and “Occident,” attempting to find means of visualization for these particular themes that go beyond the clichéd and polarized positions of the mass media. Through this, Reloading Images wishes to acquire a differentiated method of observation to view the “Other” as well as the “Self”. (project of NewYorkRioTokyo) Land(e)scape – image of nature and the nature of the image Read this later in relation to my landscape work. MORE READING The Picture in the Mirror Images, Perception and Stereotypes