Merry Christmas & don’t catch cold!
My friend Rebekah and her band Saint Ophelia are great artists!
They are about to make their first recording and they are asking for your financial support to make it a success.
They deserve it!
I did not see these images of the awards ceremony of the 29th Night of the Press, in 2015.
I had the pleasure of receiving the Best Press Photo Award for an image from my reportage about the Charlie Hebdo attacks.
Here is the video of the pleasant memory of a trophy that opened a few doors.
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First book of my stepdaughter Amber, “Anders om”, exposed in the Arnhem’s library!
Proud of her!
Her website: https://www.amberhuijskes.com/
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In this loveliest and happiest of seasons, may you find many reasons to celebrate. Have a wonderful Christmas!
Last night during the radio show “and if we talk about..”, on France Blue, presented by Patrick Mas, we received Miss Pauline Vidal, Miss Pin-Up France 2018.
This was a beautiful occasion for us (Jacques Font, owners of several cinema in France, and Thierry Meier, producer) to listen to a young beautiful woman and recalling what the French elegance in the 50s was all about.
Without the slightest vulgarity and with a good set of brains underneath her veil, this dog groomer, will defend the French colors at the Miss Las Vegas Pin-Up, the real World Championship of this discipline.
Good luck, Pauline!
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!
Thanks to the journalist Camilla Sechi!
Follow the link: https://www.blackframemag.com/gregory-herpe-photographer-playwright/
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
Castang Art Project Gallery
During all Visa pour l’Image Festival
From Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 19:30
Sunday 3 and 10 September from 15:00 to 19:30
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Yesterday evening, I was invited for the national day of Azerbaijan,
by His Excellency Mister Elchin Amirbayov, ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan in France,
and His Excellency Mister Anar Karimov, UNESCO permanent delegate of the Republic of Azerbaijan,
at the cultural department of the embassy, for a wonderful reception.
The opportunity to meet Madam Mirvari Fataliyava, President of the House of Azerbaijan in Paris, with whom I work on a beautiful project of photoreports, and the great Robert Hossein, a disarming kindness, who delighted me of a multitude of funny and beautiful anecdotes.
A country to be discovered for the beauty of its landscapes and for the kindness of his people!
I'm proud to invited you to my opening at the "Galerie 113", right in the center of Castelnaudary, France. Opening: June 2, 2017, at 6:30 pm. You will seen my series on the great animals of Africa, on girls of Cambodia, and on the IRA in Belfast. See you soon! EXPOSITION PHOTO DU 2 AU 24 JUIN Galerie 113 22 rue de l'Horloge 11400 - Castelnaudary - France Tel: 06 88 54 38 33
A very pleasant meeting yesterday evening around my exhibition at the St-Cyprien’s Museum, with the club “Femmes chefs d’entreprises 66″ (women business leaders & owners), and their prsident Laurie Guichard Fiancette.
With the presence of the mayor pf the city, Mister Thierry Del Poso, I had pleasure to share my photo experiences around my photographs, with the dynamic and united women of the club.
They work at a real equality between sexes in the world of entreprise.
In the american magazine Live the Art….
Catacult magazine, April 2017…
Thank you to Nicolas Caudeville for that interview in the Museum of St-Cyprien, France, the day after the opening of my new exhibition:
Another publication in the french Glamour magazine, about Tina Keffer and her NGO in Cambodia…
Nice publication in GALA’s French edition (even if I do not like the reframing of my photos !!!).
A photo of Tina Kieffer with the schoolgirls from Happy Chandara.
Once again, the opportunity to encourage you to help the association Tous à l’école, created by Tina Kieffer, who helps and teaches young girls in Cambodia.
GALA No. 1231 - January 11, 2017
Yesterday I said goodbye to Happy Chandara …
It has been a great adventure but it is not finished yet, I’ll have to work a lot of images and together with Tina Kieffer , we have to organize an auction in behalf of “Toutes à l’ecole”.
Back in Phnom Penh, with its stifling heat, and its storms.
Looking through a publication of Asia Life Magazine, I come across an article about the street artists Peap Tarr & Lisa Mam.
I remember seeing a documentary on Canal +, a view month ago, about this couple the city and the city walls.
Peap Tarr is born in New Zealand, his mother is Cambodian and Lisa Mam is from Phnom Penh. They are husband and wife and are working all over the world together.
They make part of the most famous Asian urban artists in the world.
I try to find a way to contact them … Whenever they want or can, even now two days before I leave Phnom Penh …
And then I see one or two possibilities … I write Peap and I wait …
Great news! Two hours later, I receive a very friendly message and we make an appointment for the following morning. And I am looking forward to meet, photograph and interview them …
I dined and watched Belgium-Ireland on streaming in my room … but fall asleep before the end ….
This morning I am at Villa Langka where we arranged to meet at 11:00. I have prepared my interview and I see them happen exactly on time
I guessed they would be sympathetic, but not until this level!
We begin the interview and I learn a lot. Not only about them but also on street art in Cambodia, Asia, on art in general, now and then, the people, people’s lives and politics since the genocide.
They have much to tell, a lot to offer and so much to share. They invite me for lunch in a typical local restaurant.
Later we leave for a tour through Phnom Penh looking for Street Art. And not just theirs, but also those of the Korean-American graffiti artist David Choe from Los Angeles, Aryz a Spanish urban artist and the American, of Taiwanese origin, illustrator and painter James Jean.
Peap and Lisa pose before the work of their friends. Finally I discover this Asian urban scene I sought unsuccessfully last weekend.
(Peap Tarr posing in front a mural of James Jean)
And I have a lot of fun with my new friends! Funny, these are the kind of individuals we encounter with the immediate feeling of knowing all along.
(Lisa Mam & Peap Tarr in front of a mural of David Choe)
They show me two of their four hand painted murals. The first one in a cozy bar in the city, and the second in a hyper-trendy bar situated in a fashionable new neighborhood, still under construction, wherein all the youth of the capital is gathered.
You feel the influences of Khmer traditions, New Zealand tribal art, design and graphics too. These two are so rich, internally, their works speak to everyone.
(In front of their own work in the Puzzles Gastropub)
I must write this article quickly, at least it will be published by two magazines.
It is 7:00 p.m. when they drop me at the hotel … The day passed quickly with Lisa & Peap. We say goodbye warmly by promising to see each other again soon.
(Peap, Lisa, and me…Selfie!)
Tomorrow I will take the plane towards Ho Chi Minh, Doha and Barcelona. Already I think that I have some good reasons to come back to Cambodia.
This is my last day in Happy Chandara.
Tomorrow morning I will leave to stay the weekend in Phnom Penh waiting for my flight, Monday I will leave towards Ho Chi Min, Doha, Barcelona and finally Perpignan …
One gets always used a little, we created bonds. The last two days, a pupil had made me paper boat and yesterday another pupil drew me a snail.
It’s touching and I hope to come back soon.
I was outside early; around 06:00. Many pupils who live outside the school arrive at about 05:30, brought by their parents who go to work in the fields or in the city and who cannot take care of them.
I watch them play with rubber bands, they play same way as girls in Europe do to.
And then they eat. Noodles, with chopsticks, in small transparent plastic bags; they eat fruit, too.
And then they do their hair together.
At 7:30, the raise of the color. The Cambodian and French flag and all pupils stand up silent and aligned aside and do not move an eyelash.
At noon, after eating some rice and a dragon fruit (I think I lost lose 4 or 5 kg!) I went mountain biking in the countryside. It is amazing to see the things that the Khmers carry on their small bikes, by pulling supplies on tiny but fully loaded trailers: banana bunches, bricks, and this morning a veritable jeans and shirts shop.
Yet another, overloaded with a jumble of all kind, ranging from cookware to plastic ducks reminded me of Castorama, a french brand who said : Chez Casto, there’s all you’ll need!
Earlier this afternoon, I returned to school attending a class of “window on the world.”
In the meantime the oldest are there watching a movie about the life of Somali top model Waris Dirie.
A fascinating and dramatic life, circumcised at the age of 3, she managed to flee the country, but became a slave to the Somali ambassador in London, before being one of the most requested models in the world. Later, she became “goodwill ambassador” of the UN, against female genital mutilation.
After the movie, the Khmer teacher launches a debate on the situation of women, the difference in general, and the future of women in Cambodia. The students are moved and are giving their well-marked opinion.
With this group, mentalities change. It is also one of the achievements of the Association Toutes à l’ecole and Tina Kieffer : forming free women, strong with beautiful values …
Yesterday, no Wi-Fi or very little, and therefore impossible to write on my blog. It’s a little better today, despite a rainstorm, of which Cambodia possesses the secret that made me soaking wet.
Yesterday morning, after photographing some classes, I found myself on a path bordering a stream. There, jasmine pickers filled bags under a blazing sun.
In fact, Cambodia is a country that is organized around the waterways and roads. The villages follow the water, houses are built in rows without ever going too deep in the forest.
I see scenes of life, images that I capture; a woman who is cooking chicken legs, a frankly poor man sells not fresh eggs, young monks are begging, some small boys are playing soccer…
Faces follow each other up from school to the villages and I always notice the same depth, the same strength, the same kindness in the eyes of Cambodians.
This morning Khmer writing classes and English lessons; the little ones give their whole heart to the work.
Mimi asks me to take some pictures of students for their sponsors who sent those gifts. This is to show, how pleased they are with their attentions. They have the chance to have “guardian angels” who watch over them from far away, benevolently. I accept willingly because I know it will please the sponsors (and Mimi who makes the best soup in the world!).
Some received a watch, a necklace, a pretty dresses, others drawing materials, a small top and earrings … Their eyes shine from excitement.
Then Mimi and I go into a chook-chook, with a mother and two students, to visit families on the island that faces Happy Chandara: Anloung Chen Island, in the middle of the Bassac River.
The passage of the ferry is nice and a light breeze refreshes us a little bit; the teenager at the rudder “controls” with his feet, his thighs, rarely with his hands.
On the island we come across some temples and then arrive at the family of Kun Srey Srars, pupil in 6th class at Happy Chandara. The father, abusive and alcoholic, abandoned her mother and six brothers. They live very poor and they certainly do not eat every day…
The mother is brave and never complains about her fate. She protects her children and takes care of them the best she can. They never fail love.
One of the kids bikes; he must have 7 years at the most. His bike has no saddle, he has crafted one with a coconut. Resourceful this little one …
Back at Happy Chandara, I made the acquaintance with Philippe, the gardener of the boarding school who is miraculously grows fruits and vegetables in a permaculture garden.
What is permaculture? The word “permaculture” by itself is a contraction of “(agri) permanent culture.”
Creating a permaculture garden can meet towards our human needs while enhancing our environment (development of biodiversity, creating habitats for wildlife and beneficial insects, enriching the earth …).
The garden is flourishing, reveling in in this favorable climate.
My day unfolded under the sign of water … The water garden, water of the Bassac River and the ferry, the water a thunderstorm which falls now. I left by mountain bike to reach the ferry again, just to see the small school’s students go home on the water, as the bell sounded.
They are surprised and happy to see me make a last goodbye and they do some hand signals while the frail craft longs away into nothing, however, seems to stand still …