Oh, how time flies! It’s about two months since I posted here and we’re already well into 2018.
I have an excuse, an acceptable one, I think: I’m working fulltime for peace!
But, first – here the three main points in this belated New Year greeting:
• The last two months devoted to peace
• 8 short videos to inspire you
• Dreams and plans including Lund, China and Venice.
Walking on two legs but still looking for the right balance
While I am a photographer who experiments with what “peace photography” could be, I’m also a professional peace and future researcher and director at The Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, TFF, in Lund, Sweden.
And, so, there are periods during which I have to devote myself to international affairs. It’s not entirely voluntary, I must say, because I really feel I need the artistic activity, the “flow” and the intuitive exploration of the world around me – to balance my research life which is more disciplined, methodical, and – supposedly, at least – rational.
And I would add, there is much much more positive energy in working with art than working with international affairs.
My main occupation is to argue against most of the horrific (nuclear) weapons and wars (can’t know about or cover them all…) and other violence and argue for the simple, logical principle embedded in the UN Charter, namely that peace shall be brought about by peaceful means (Article 1).
Think about it: That is what all the UN member governments have signed once upon a time. And completely ignore every single day.
So I have two identities or persona. I walk on two legs and I cannot always find the right balance.
The shadow of certain world events throws itself over the fields of art and photography where I’d like to spend much more time.
So to solve that impossible equation – two fulltime jobs – what do you do?
Well you study management and you develop practical, daily working methods, you work basically all the time – which is possible when you love what you do and you don’t do it for money (all I do with TFF is unpaid, we’re an all-volunteer foundation). While I have little income, I live a rich life. I don’t complain – just I need 48 hours per day at least and living till I’m 120. That’s all…
As if you were there…Enjoy!
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The video Walk Around # 2
My studio in October 2017
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My “Three-In-One” exhibition with 1) some earlier photographs in new editions on on other media, 2) 25 documentary photos from the liberation of Aleppo, Syria in December 2016 – much suffering and much hope – and 3) multi-media photo collages.
This short video – posted on Instagram – takes you around one of the rooms of my studio where there are, at the moment 113 numbered works on the list.
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You are very welcome online as well as ‘live’.
I’m in the process of updating and re-designing my photo homepage. It is not yet ready but there are works to see anyhow. Here.
And here a glimpse of Art Night on October 21, 2017:
This post is updated with new images, latest on October 19, 2017
This “Three-In-One” exhibition opened on the “Night Of Culture” in Lund, September 16 16-22, at Vegagatan 25.
Then I did a few new things and changed some of those presented – that’s one of the joys with collages… – and, so, this is also the collection of works that are on show when it was “Art Night” in Lund, Sweden, on October 21, 2017.
And here the poster:
The show has three categories:
• Déjà Vu.
Some earlier works that have been enhanced through re-editing and re-printing.
Here is one example, “Natalia And Gerhard Richter”:
• Hope and Suffering in Aleppo, Syria
Unique, strong images of the suffering people who came out from 4,5 years of occupation but were also expressing joy and hope.
You may get an impression of these documentary photos here.
• Multi-media photo collages.
The first is pretty self-explanatory. The second category will be explained by myself, in particular during an event 19:00-19:30 for those present.
The third is something new for me, a colourful, happy experiment contrasting the Syria series.
How did I do the latter?
I’ve taken some of my old and new photos and combined them with all kinds of stuff and media: Japanese fabrics and papers, very old calligraphy books on silk paper, old yellow newspapers, art magazines and Sotheby catalogues, cut some flee market paintings in pieces and combined it all into collages – mounted on papers, copper, steel and cardboard.
Here some of it…
On some I’ve also applied acrylic paint and oil sticks (oil colours that you paint with like crayons and not with brushes).
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