Saturday, May 26, 2018

Friday, May 25, 2018

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Ana Mendieta

Bird Transformation (1972) maps a transition from human to animal as Mendieta dresses the naked woman in feathers and thus transforms her into a bird-woman. Bird Transformation precedes and heralds Mendieta’s canonized Silueta series, which she began in Mexico in 1973, all of which show the artist’s silhouette in different landscapes, formed of various natural materials such as stones, twigs, driftwood and flowers.
Mendieta’s works revolve around themes like beauty, belonging, gender roles, female sexuality and men’s sexual oppression of women. Her work is associated with feminist performance pioneers in the USA, but her use of popular traditions and occult rituals, from among other places sources the Cuba from which she fled as a child, make her a loner.  Louisiana Museum of Art

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Charlie Chaplin: The Freak

Before Chaplin's death in 1977, he wrote the ultimate screenplay entitled The FreakAn unfinished dramatic comedy that revolved around a young South American girl who unexpectedly sprouts a pair of wings. She is kidnapped and taken to London, where her captors cash in by passing her off as an angel. Later she escapes, only to be arrested because of her appearance. She is further dehumanized by standing trial to determine if she is human at all.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Humans and Animals


A bird of prey in rescue and rehabilitation at the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet, Fla. 2012.Credit Jayanti Seiler
The relationship between the taxidermist and the deer is quite unlike like that of the woman and the elderly dog she was bathing. While each image can stand alone, Ms. Seiler said, the complexity of the animal-human relationship is evident when the photos are seen as a collection. NYTIMES

After the Laughter comes Tears

More Wendy Rene.

The Legacy of Bas Jan Ader

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Sapphire

  1. 1.
    a transparent precious stone, typically blue, that is a variety of corundum (aluminum oxide).
  2. 2.
    a small hummingbird with shining blue or violet colors in its plumage and a short tail.

Lynn Johnson- hate kills

James Byrd, a black man, was dragged to death on Huff Creek Road by three white men. He was alive for the first two-and-a-half miles. (Texas)—Photograph by Lynn Johnson.
Lovers Lollie Winans and Julianne Williams were found at an Appalachian Trail campsite, their throats sliced through. (Virginia)—Photograph by Lynn Johnson
"Your photographs of hate crime scenes look so calm, so quiet. Then you discover that the sun-flecked path on the Appalachian Trail is where two gay women had their throats cut; the tree-lined road in Jasper, Texas, is where a black man, James Byrd, was dragged to his death, and the round imprints are evidence circles marking where bits of his flesh, his keys, his dentures were found. These places of horror seem so ordinary, so everyday."
Excerpt from an interview via: national geographic