Merry Christmas & don’t catch cold!
Very happy to be awarded today at the Montanha Pico Festival in the Azores, Portugal.
Today, it’s the International Mountain Day.
This festival directed by Terry Costa and featuring the mountains and the urgency to take care of them,
awarded me one of the “Artistic Director Honorable Mention” 2019, for three of my photos,
taken in Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park, in Scotland.
Wonderful snowy mountains that I encourage you to discover.
The photos will be exhibited in a gallery in the Azores in early 2019.
The collection of the gallerist Roger Castang (Castang Art Project) is in the spotlight, during the second edition of ART-Montpellier, the Mediterranean fair of contemporary arts.
Happy to be part of it!
with also 2NYSS, Guy Ferrer, Eric et Sabine Les Pritchard’s
in the Sud de France Arena, Montpellier, France – 8th to 11th of november 2018
Read more at DutchNews.nl:
Africa? No, the Netherlands …
Despite showers that have occurred since the end of September, drought is still prevalent in the Netherlands and the water level in the Rhine has reached its highest level.
Low never reached: at 6.61 meters above NAP at the Lobith measuring station on the German border.
This has created major problems for inland shipping companies that have been forced to reduce the amount of cargo carried by the barges so that they are not so low in the water.
The lakes are so dry that the pisces die. Last week, three ships went aground. NAP stands for Normaal Amsterdams Peil or the normal water level in Amsterdam, which is slightly below sea level.
(NAP is used as a basis for measuring high or low water levels).
A very nice article (page 3) & the cover in the dutch niewspaper “Berkelland Nieuws”…
Thanks to Franklin Veldhuis & Hans Assink.
Direct link here:
This 1minute video shows the intricate mechanisms involved in the progression of creation’s in the brain of an artist.
Last June, I had a brain scan because of frequent headaches.
Looking at my brain, I wondered if the artists were different from others …
Take a look on youtube: https://youtu.be/xC4QXwO7H30
Artists have structurally different brains compared with non-artists, a study has found.
Participants’ brain scans revealed that artists had increased neural matter in areas relating to fine motor movements and visual imagery.
The research, published in NeuroImage, suggests that an artist’s talent could be innate.
But training and environmental upbringing also play crucial roles in their ability, the authors report.
As in many areas of science, the exact interplay of nature and nurture remains unclear.
Lead author Rebecca Chamberlain from KU Leuven, Belgium, said she was interested in finding out how artists saw the world differently.
“The people who are better at drawing really seem to have more developed structures in regions of the brain that control for fine motor performance and what we call procedural memory,” she explained.
In their small study, researchers peered into the brains of 21 art students and compared them to 23 non-artists using a scanning method called voxel-based morphometry.
These detailed scans revealed that the artist group had significantly more grey matter in an area of the brain called the precuneus in the parietal lobe.
“This region is involved in a range of functions but potentially in things that could be linked to creativity, like visual imagery – being able to manipulate visual images in your brain, combine them and deconstruct them,” Dr Chamberlain told the BBC’s Inside Science programme.
Participants also completed drawing tasks and the team looked at the relationship between their performance in this task and their grey and white matter.
A changing brain
Those better at drawing had increased grey and white matter in the cerebellum and also in the supplementary motor area – both areas that are involved with fine motor control and performance of routine actions.
Grey matter is largely composed of nerve cells, while white matter is responsible for communication between the grey matter regions.
But it is still not clear what this increase of neural matter might mean. From looking at related studies of other creative people, such as musicians, it suggests that these individuals have enhanced processing in these areas, Dr Chamberlain added.
“It falls into line with evidence that focus of expertise really does change the brain. The brain is incredibly flexible in response to training and there are huge individual differences that we are only beginning to tap into.”
Another author of the paper, Chris McManus from University College London, said it was difficult to distinguish what aspect of artistic talent was innate or learnt.
“We would need to do further studies where we look at teenagers and see how they develop in their drawing as they grow older – but I think [this study] has given us a handle on how we could begin to look at this.”
Commenting on the small sample size, Prof McManus said: “Since the results were statistically significant then clearly there was the power to find something, which almost by definition means it was large enough.
“And also of interest is that other people have also had hints at effects in similar locations. Obviously in an ideal world we’d like 1000 subjects, but that isn’t realistic. It’s always a compromise between cost, practicality and interest.”
No ‘right’ side
Ellen Winner of Boston College, US, who was not involved with the study, commented that it was very interesting research.
She said it should help “put to rest the facile claims that artists use ‘the right side of their brain’ given that increased grey and white matter were found in the art group in both left and right structures of the brain”.
“Only a prospective study could get at the question of innate structural brain differences that predispose people to become visual artists, and this kind of study has not been done as it would be very difficult and very expensive to carry out.”
Yesterday evening, I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email from Mrs. Leejin Kim, director of the CICA Museum, in South Korea, announcing my selection for an international exhibition from February 15th to March 3rd, 2019.
“Objectified 2019″ will bring together some artists (sculptor, painter, videographer, photographer) from all around the world, around the theme of consumption …
I am very proud to announce this museum exhibition, my first in Asia …
To be continued…
I’ve seen many lions in Kenya & Tanzania, 20 years ago but things change…
The African lion faces the threat of extinction by the year 2050, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director Dan Ashe warned today.
The sobering news came as part of the agency’s announcement that it has officially proposed that African lions receive much-needed protection under the Endangered Species Act.
The decision to list the big cats as threatened—one level below endangered—would allow the U.S. government to provide some level of training and assistance for on-the-ground conservation efforts and restrict the sale of lion parts or hunting trophies into the country or across state lines.
The total population of lions in Africa is currently estimated at about 34,000 animals, down by at least 50 percent from three decades ago.
Those numbers, however, tell only part of the story. As Ashe pointed out during a press conference today, about 70 percent of the remaining lions—24,000 cats—live in just 10 “stronghold” regions in southern and eastern Africa.
Lions in other regions, such as West Africa, have been almost completely wiped out.
FWS identified three main threats currently facing lions: habitat loss, loss of their prey base to the bushmeat trade, and human-lion conflict. All three threats are inexorably linked.
The human population of sub-Saharan Africa is expected to double by the year 2050, which will result in more conversion of habitat to agriculture, more hunting of the wild ungulates the lions depend upon for prey, and more instances of hungry lions attacking livestock and then being killed in retaliation.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), retaliatory or preemptive attacks against lions are the worst threats the species faces. The IUCN lists African lions as a whole as vulnerable to extinction.
Lions do face another major threat: sport hunting. The proposal to protect lions comes in response to a 2011 petition from five conservation groups, who revealed that hunting occurs in 16 of the 20 countries in which lions remain and that the number of lion trophies imported back into the U.S. by American hunters doubled between 1999 and 2008.
The official FWS position, however, iterated today by Ashe, is that sports hunting does not contribute to lions being endangered, especially when revenues from these hunts support lion conservation efforts. This is consistent with other hunting-as-conservation positions taken by FWS, including last year’s decision to allow a hunter to import a black rhino trophy into the U.S. for the first time in 33 years.
Still, Jeff Flocken, North American regional director at the International Fund for Animal Welfare—one of the groups backing the original petition—calls the FWS announcement “very significant.”
Although Endangered Species Act protection would not block American hunters from traveling to Africa to hunt lions, the proposal does establish a new permitting process that would require any hunters importing lion trophies back to the U.S. to apply for and receive a permit first.
These permits, Ashe said, would only be granted if the lion were taken from a scientifically proven hunting program that actually helps lion populations and if the number of lions taken by hunters is sustainable.
Flocken says the new permit process could “quickly and easily” help to minimize the threat that hunters pose to African lions by identifying trophies that come from areas where lions are more at risk—or from “canned hunts,” in which captive-raised lions are shot in controlled situations. “The permit system will allow the U.S. government to monitor and evaluate the trophies that are coming in,” Flocken says.
Ashe called today’s announcement an opportunity for awareness about the challenges that wildlife faces worldwide as human population dramatically increases. He added that this was a chance for optimism:
“We can be successful here,” he said. “We can change the course of events. The U.S. has great experience in wildlife management and hopefully we’ll be able to bring that to bear in working with our African partners.”
The proposal to list lions as threatened will be published in the Federal Register on October 29, after which the public will have 90 days to submit comments.
source: John R Platt & Scientific American
More pictures on the video portfolio of my photo reportage in Saint-Gobain Abrasives, in the Netherlands, during the visit of the global CEO of the firm, Mr. Pierre-André de Chalendar, as well as Mr. Benoit d’Iribarne, President of Saint-Gobain Germany, Benelux and Austria.
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First exhibition in Athens, Greece, with several international photographer, in the Blank Wall Gallery…
From 1rst june to 14th june 2018, view my pictures from Sweden…
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A few days ago I went to the Netherlands, at the request of Mr. Joost Morsink General Manager Northem Europe of Saint-Gobain Abrasives, to do a photo report on the visit of the plant in Eibergen by the global CEO of the firm,
Mr. Pierre-André de Chalendar, as well as Mr. Benoit d’Iribarne, President of Saint-Gobain Germany, Benelux and Austria.
Saint-Gobain is a French company specialized in the production, processing and distribution of building and construction materials.
The company was founded in 1665 by Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619-1683) under the name of Royal Ice Factory, currently the company is present in sixty-six countries and has 179,149 employees worldwide (2017).
The challenge was to make a different style of photos, at least more unconventional than what a company like this is used to.
I was struck by the modernity, the excellence of the company, and the extreme comfort offered to employees.
Saint-Gobain is a company that cares about the well-being of its employees and in 2018 Saint-Gobain was awarded the ‘Top Employer Global’ certification label for the third year in row.
Only 13 organizations in the world have been presented with this label.
Congratulations, then, to Pierre-André de Chalendar, a great French leader and influencer who understood what the world of tomorrow’s business should be!
* Are you interested in different images for communication. Do not hesitate to contact me! My work area is global.
Last week, I received an award at Noto Fior di Foto, in Sicily.
Cherry on the cake for the award-winning photographers in the different categories,
an exhibition begins today at the Fondation Vittorio Emanuele-Teatro Tina Di Lorenzo,
in Noto, Sicily (my second exhibition this week after Nigeria).
The list of photographers exhibited:
Giovanni Coste (Italy)
Irina Gaivoronskaya (Russia)
Beatriz Glez Sa (Spain)
Gregory Herpe (France)
Aleksandr Ivanov (Russia)
Sky Kim (Georgia)
Massimiliano Monnecchi (Italy)
G. B. G. Son (Bangladesh)
Alexey Trofimov (Russia)
Tatsiana Tsyhanova (Belarus)
Yana Vasilyeva (Russia)
Robin Yong (Australia)
Fondation Vittorio Emanuele-Teatro Tina Di Lorenzo,
Piazza XVI Maggio, 1
to walk in the fields... The Netherlands, may 2018
Great “premiere” for me yesterday, with the opening of my first exhibition in Africa!
My friend Simon Mack, great british photographer, is the curator of that marvellous
meeting of 9 international photographers named “People across the globe”, for 3 weeks.
ATBU University hosts the event, in a country who need of art and peace.
A beautiful adventure …
“People across the globe”
Hans-Jorg Aleff – Germany
Steve Bennett – Great Britain
Subhasish Bhattacharya – India
Gregory Herpe – France
Leonardo Iheme – Nigeria
Simon Mack – Great Britain
Ernesto Muñiz – Mexico
Tim Ritchie – Australia
Lesley Weyman – Great Britain
To see the promo video, click on the image below:
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University
Ahmadu Bello Way, Bauchi, Nigeria
Very happy to be awarded today at the Noto Fior di Foto, in Sicily. One of the pictures from my Cambodian series, taken at Happy Chandara School, won the 3rd prize in the Monochrome category, as well as the Honorable Mention. The photo will be exhibited with the winners of all categories at the Noto Fior di Foto, a photographic festival in the beautiful city of Noto, Sicily, on May 18, 19, and 20, 2018. Address: Teatro Comunale Vittorio EmanuelePiazza XVI Maggio, 1 96017 Noto, Sicilia, Italia http://www.notofiordifoto.it/apply/
Canet en Roussillon, 1st March 2018
With the cold wave that hit France and Europe in general, the Catalan coast showed a poetic anger, at the beginning of the week …
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January 1st, 2018, close to the city of Winterswijk, in the Netherlands, near the German border,
I was surprised to find this chalet, inspired by one of the most famous paintings
of the XXth century:
American Gothic, from Grant Wood. This painting (collection of the Institute of Art of Chicago)
presents a standing farmer next to his single daughter. The models were the dentist and the
sister of Grant Wood.
The woman is dressed in a printed colonial apron imitating the American traditional style of
The fork suggests hard labour and the flowers above the right shoulder of the woman suggests
the domestic life.
I was pleasant surprised to find this very free adaptation in the dutch countryside, and to notice that his
anonymous author choose to make the girl wink, for unknown reasons…
I was very pleased by the beautiful opening of my exhibition in Zurich, november 11th. The Art & Business Gallery, "Political Poetical" offered me to exhibite, as an emerging artist, alongside with great masters like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and Erwin Olaf, but also Santiago Sierra, Chus García-Fraile, Johan Wahlstrom, Johanna Reich, and Josie McCoy. Seeing my photos in front of Picasso's drawings was awesome. Thanks to Petra Lossen (director), Leonhard Flopp (owner of the gallery) & Paco Barragan (curator). Paco Barragan, curator, me, Leonhard Flopp, owner of the gallery, & Petra Lossen, director of the gallery Me, Gaynor Dunraven, artists agent, & Paco Barragan, curator of the exhibition My Canon AE1 An original picture of Erwin Olaf and several Picasso's draws With a Dali Sculpture
A nice article from journalist and photographer Karine Sicard-Bouvatier, on the blog "The Pariser", the digital version of the eponymous magazine launched by two excellent journalists : Ulysse Gosset and Laetitia Monsacre. I'm proud that my name is mentioned in this article. http://www.jimlepariser.fr/fotofever-vive-la-jeunesse/
It was a nice fair in the prestigious setting of the Carrousel du Louvre. Fotofever 2017 is done and it was a lot of very good professional meetings. The Castang Art Project gallery presented my animal work in Africa, from Kenya to Ethiopia, through Tanzania, Namibia, Cameroon, Congo, from November 10th to 12th. I invite you to contact Roger Castang, director of the gallery, to buy these works: http://www.castangalerie.com/ With Cécile Schall, Fotofever director Roger Castang, director of the Castang Art Project gallery Fotofever Fotofever With my friend Olivier Pérouze, cartoon screenwriter
Today, I had the pleasure of meeting the french artist Berhart (and to buy two splendid prints from him) at the tattoo convention of Perpignan, south of France. Self-taught artist and a very original man, below you can read his official bio and I invite you to discover his awesome work by checking out his website: http://berhart.blogspot.fr/p/lowbrow.html LOWBROW ARTIST OR POP-SYMBOLIST? At the end of the 80s, when he continued the comics from Pellos "Les pieds nickelés", Berhart "decorates" the streets of Toulouse with stencils, stickers, and graphics inspired by African art. Subsequently, he leaves the streets and comics for illustration and artistic direction in publishing and communication. He had the opportunity, in the mid-90s, to publish the comics magazine "Azimut". From 2005, at the head of Galerie Berhart, he devoted himself to his art, opening a parenthesis between 2008 and 2012 to lead "Caramba!" Publishing, a particularly innovative ebooks publisher. Since 2013, he returned to his art. He has produced large black and white drawings with a dense and complex composition teeming with esoteric, political, mystical and alchemical messages. He diverted classical works as well as references and imagery of popular culture, giving them a new meaning and a strong symbolic burden. In parallel, he creates very colorful paintings inspired by street-culture and comics. At the forefront of Pop Art and off the path of institutional art, he constructs a work that is rich in meaning, critical and uninhibited, questioning the cultural and social chaos of the twenty-first century.
End of the exhibition of my photos on gypsy culture in the European Parliament. A very beautiful adventure. On the agenda of Parliament this week, there was discussion against anti-Gypsyism; my photos were in the right place and at the right time. And what a pleasure to be surrounded by my gypsy friends Jimmy Villa, singer and guitarist, and David Baptiste, restaurateur!
I’m very busy for the end of the year!
I will be represented by the gallery Castang Art Project at FOTOFEVER, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris.
FOTOFEVER is a prestigious international photo fair directed by Cécile Schall.
From the 10th to the 12th of November, we are waiting for you.
I will be physically present on Sunday 12, if you would like to meet me and buy directly one of the photographs that I will propose.
I can’t be there the first two days, held by the opening of my exhibition in Zurich, November 11, at the Art & Business Gallery.
I will also make a dedication of my last photo book, at 17:00.
I’m very happy to meet you soon at the Carrousel du Louvre!
Thanks to the journalist Camilla Sechi!
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Petra Lossen Fine Art is pleased to announce the thought-provoking interdisciplinary international exhibition Political Poetical with works by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Santiago Sierra, Erwin Olaf, Chus García-Fraile, Johan Wahlstrom, Johanna Reich, Gregory Herpe and Josie McCoy.
Curated by Spanish curator and arts writer Paco Barragán and Petra Lossen, the exhibit brings together an imaginative mix of classic and contemporary artists around the topics of the ‘political’ and the ‘poetical’.
The personal is political….and the political is poetical we could add. To the famous 1960s slogan—about which by the way until today nobody claimed autorship for originating the phrase—we could confidently argue that the political is poetical.
Especially in the contingent times of today’s capitalism it becomes a fascinating topic to examine how the political can be poetical and how the poetical is extremely political.
We entered in the mean time ‘classic’ artists like Picasso and Dalí in a fresh dialogue with contemporary artists like Santiago Sierra, Erwin Olaf or Josie McCoy, just to mention a few. The exhibition represents an exercise in a-historical or trans-historical curating that helps us to articulate how the political-poetical dialectics has been and still is a mayor topic in contemporary art and society.
Basically, we could argue that the artistic and its structures are always trying to redefine themselves and looking for news ways to meet the challenges society faces. Maybe today under neo-liberalism it is not about utopia or demanding radical democracy, but about more modest goals: the survival of democracy or the return/recovery of certain benefits of the wellfare state.
The exhibit Political Poeticalinserts itself within this fascinating artistic discourse and pursues the questions of what is art, what can art do and if it still can represent a place of resistance, critique and opposition.
If for Hannah Arendt the political is inevitably connected to actions that enable the appearance of the ‘unknown’, the art world is a place of ‘conflictual consensus’—as Jacques Ranciére would argue—where the utopian, the irreverent, the radical, and the impossible is possible. “Contrary to the usual assumption”—affirms Murray Edelman—“art should be recognized as a major and integral part of the transaction that engenders political behaviour.”
The group of artists reunited in the show tackle the dialects political-poetical from diferent angles negotiating its limits and its tensions using varied intedisciplinary media like painting, photography, video, sculpture, performance and work on paper.
The exhibition is both concept and display-wise divided into two constellations.
The ‘political wall’ will revolve around Pablo Picasso´s drawings of Guernica—the so-called Post-scripts—that are still today a master piece and a clear example of the horror and injustices of war. Both Spanish artists Santiago Sierra and Chus García-Fraile will enter in dialogue with Picasso in a literal and metaphorical manner: while Sierra presents a photo from the famous series of Veterans of the War of Iraq, Afghanistan Facing the Walldenouncing the connection between capitalism and warfare, Chus García-Fraile delves into the origine of the fireworks and the idea of the image as artifice, as simulacrum, conveying mesmerizing analogies between real bombings and fireworks. Also on the same wall we will display Johann M. Reich’s video-performance Monument in which she paints a simple German flag in which she ´literally’ disappears revolving around ideas of patriotism and nationalism. And finally, we will exhibit a fascinating image by Dutch artist Erwin Olaf staged in the Berlin interbellum years with its unmatching oneiric atmosphere. Now that we celebrate 80 years of the bombing of Guernica, Picasso’s drawings will provide a fascinating dialogue with the work of Santiago Sierra, Chus García-Fraile, Johanna Reich, Erwin Olaf and
If in the former constellation of works the political is more obvious or manifest, the ‘poetical wall’ reunites works in a sort of ‘assemblage’ by Salvador Dalí, Josie McCoy, Gregory Herpe and Johan Wahlstrom. Here we find the political filtered through modern society and elements like mass media, celebrity and social life in which the representation acquires poetical hints.
Salvador Dalí is an extremely political artist, although this part of his career has been conveniently silenced as he didn´t choose the right side of history. One of the inventors of the celebrity cultus, Dalí’s Profile of Time is an open-ended work which can reference from Einstein´s relativity theory to the poetical surrealists dream states in which oneiric landscapes go hand in hand with estranged characters. Josie McCoy delve directly in the realm of the celebrity status and politics turned into a celebrity contest: while Josie McCoy portrays the couple Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner exploring the potentiality of estrangement between the celebrity and the viewer.
On its turn, Gregory Herpe offers awkward and poetic black and white photographs of today’s cityscapes populated by celebrity personalities like Mick Jagger —vigilantly watched by French military— and histrionic Donald Trump. Finally, Swedish artist Johan Wahlstrom also walks the path of celebrity, mass media and especially social media by conveying estranged compositions of everyday life of people engaging in social media in the most varied situations tackling imaginatively concepts like “hyperflexibility”, “mobility” and “availability”, which are the key to the neo-liberal mantra. Departing from Salvador Dalí’s Profile of time we have in a metaphorical manner conceived a wall that deals poetically with politics, celebrity and social media.
The exhibition Political Poetical basically allows us to ask ourselves what is the role of art in society and how art can explore new ways and new ideas that can find directly or indirectly its way into our quotidianeity. Petra Lossen Fine Art is extremely happy to have reunited such a pool of artists in such a fascinating dialogue.
OPENING NOVEMBER 11th at 2pm
An International Art Show curated by Petra Lossen & Paco Barragan
Art & Business Gallery
Trittligasse 4 – 8801 Zurich, Switzerland