Honoré Daumier, Suffrage universel, probably 1850

Because today is Election Day and I truly hope the UK will choose to remain…

Honoré Daumier, Suffrage universel ( universal suffrage), probably 1850
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Trevor Paglen, Reaper in the Sun, 2013

With spring on its way, I wanted to share few pictures of the sun which was so shining all yesterday in London, and while researching, I found the picture ‘Reaper in the Sun’ terribly attractive.

Its author is Trevor Paglen, and to be honest I knew nothing about him… and what a loss it was!

This talented photographer is also a geographer and a writer using his works (books, photography, video, sculptures) to question our society about various subjects, such as the place of surveillance in our world, the power of American military, what sort of landscapes (both terrestrial and in the space) we going to have in the future…

All his projects, or the ones he participates, seem to be always well documented, with the contributions of leading scientists, philosophers, anthropologists… his work is not simple and or just pretty pictures, it raises issues with a investigate journalist spectrum. Plus, on a technical and visual point of view, this is also very well done.

For more details about his complex works, I encourage to visit his website here, and bonus if you are in London, some of his pieces are currently showed at the Whitechapel Gallery, Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966) , until the 15 May 2016!

Trevor Paglen, NSA Surveillance Base, Egelsbach, Germany, 2015
Trevor Paglen, Overhead of NSA, 2013
Trevor Paglen, Reaper in the Sun, 2013
Trevor Paglen, The Last Pictures (An Entangled Bank), 2012
Trevor Paglen, Keyhole improved crystal from Glacier Point
Trevor Paglen,Trinity Cube, 2015

Pictures from Artsy and Trevog Paglen website.

Ridiculous politics…

Just reading this article from the guardian about Rome officials who covered several sculptures to welcome the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, and I’m quite angry about it. I mean.. This is so ridiculous!

I don’t know what annoys me most : the refusal to see the nakedness of sculptures (therefore not real people, but just more or less idealised bodies in bronze or marble usually), or the fact it could be an anticipation of the Italian government in order to please the Iranian president (and gain more contracts). Either, it doesn’t excuse Rome for covering art!

The human body is simply us and beautiful in its many forms, refusing to see/show it (and even more as a simple sculpture!), is like denying ourself: this is nonsense!

Greg Gorman, David Michelak, 1987