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Etiqueta: Fear

SHOOTING THE MAFIA

A breathtaking and loving documentary on Letizia Battaglia’s life as a photographer

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I was lucky to meet her in New York, more than nine years ago at the Gala of the International Center of Photography, 2009. She was given the Cornell Capa Infinity Award, together with other awardees: Aveek Sen, Liego Shiga, Gert van Kesteren and Annie Leibowitz among others. The guests were ecstatic. And Letizia Battaglia was simply a woman full of joy and energy. She still is. The documentary by Longinotto is just flawless, miraculously beautiful. I have no other words to describe it. Not to be missed.

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Letizia

THE HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, by Thomas Ostermeier

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     In the history of violence -that nobody has yet written with a sense of totality and global justice-, let us at least proceed step by step. On this occasion, Thomas Ostermeier has staged in Brooklyn the eponymous autobiographical novel by Edouard Louis, which basically concerns homosexuals: ethnically discriminated or not, immigrants and native, proletarians or dispossessed and nerds who signal themselves by feeling, and by reading too much for what it is expected from them. Persecuted, attacked, bullied, fallen ill, jailed or killed. Yes. But the first lesson? Violence is never a unilateral or a bilateral question; there are always more sides to it. And those other sides can be your own kin, homosexuals or not, your partner, your friends, your colleagues; or be within yourself, or be just a part of yourself or be simply right at the heart of your love. An excellent and talented rendition of Louis’ novel in German language by Ostermeier. Two hours that fly. A pleasure to see, despite the harrowing pain.

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KEITH HARING

ONCE UPON A TIME

«A joyous mural born in an era filled with fear»  (D. W. Dunlap), Once upon a time is located at the second-floor men’s room of the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center, 208 W 13th Street, New York

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These black on white murals were a project that Keith Haring developed in 1989. Once upon a time is located at the men’s room of the second floor of the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center, 208 W 13th Street, New York.

These art-murals that Keith Haring painted in 1989 take me invariably to my early childhood. It’s not that sex then was like that -certainly not as genital as Haring depicted it here, black on white- but there was a large quantity of it that still comes to my body whenever I look at these paintings by Haring in the shape of old, slow, soft waves of warmth. Leer el resto de esta entrada »