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What History Teaches Us About Walls - The New York Times
"It is lost to history whether Hadrian, Qin Shi Huang or Nikita Khrushchev ever uttered, “I will build a wall.”

But build they did, and what happened? The history of walls — to keep people out or in — is also the history of people managing to get around, over and under them. Some come tumbling down.

The classic example is the Great Wall of China. Imposing and remarkably durable, yes, yet it didn’t block various nomadic tribes from the north. History is full of examples of engineering thwarted by goal-oriented rank amateurs. But Donald Trump has promised to build a wall on the United States-Mexican border that he says will be big, beautiful, tall and strong, and he says Mexico will pay for it.

Here’s some more historical perspective on walls."
walls  borders  border  us  mexico  israel  palestine  germany  history  2016  photography  donaldtrump  china  spain  españa  morocco  melilla  hadrian'swall  england  moscow  russia  vaticancity  korea  southkorea  northkorea  romania  roma  warsaw  poland  india  bangladesh  cyprus  ireland  northernireland  mauritania 
may 2016 by robertogreco
‘Toto and His Sisters’ Review: Alexander Nanau’s Wrenching Documentary | Variety
"Alexander Nanau’s immersive, hands-off docu is a powerful look at siblings in a Bucharest slum unlikely to escape the grip of drugs, poverty and a monstrous mother."

Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXtjJbB1Oh4
https://vimeo.com/107710035 ]
documentary  towatch  alexandernanau  unschooling  children  education  romania  poverty  bucharest  2014  film 
march 2015 by robertogreco
Andrea Dezsö
"Andrea Dezsö is a visual artist who works across a broad range of media including drawing, painting, artist's books, cut paper, embroidery, animation, sculpture, site-specific installation and permanent public art. Dezsö's large-scale permanent public art has been installed in two New York City subway stations and at the United States Embassy in Bucharest, Romania. Community Garden, Dezsö's mosaic in the New York City subway was awarded Best American Public Art in 2007. Dezsö is an award-winning illustrator whose work has been featured in many books, magazines, and CD covers, and by The New York Times, Sony Music, and Candlewick Press. Dezsö exhibits in museums and galleries around the world, and teaches widely. She is Assistant Professor of Art at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Dezsö is represented by the Nancy Margolis Gallery in New York and the Pucker Gallery in Boston."



Artist Statement

"I wanted to be alone in quite an unusual, new way. The very opposite of what you are
thinking: namely, without myself…” – Luigi Pirandello

In my drawings, paper cuts and paintings I tell stories. My visual narratives range from the
mystical to the absurd and I often use traditional techniques to express non-traditional or
subversive content. I am drawn to the visually unusual, weaving together psychological,
historical and ornamental themes, and find unspeakable beauty in the natural world.
Sometimes in my dreams I fly, although not as often as when I was a child in Romania, then
I flew every night.

In one way or another, many of the images I’ve been creating lately touch on the idea of
disappearance and absence. There is a sort of absence when a space has never been
inhabited, and then there is a different sort of absence that is left behind when something
or someone has been removed and is no longer present. It’s more of a negative imprint.
I feel that I’m disappearing sometimes, liberated from the confines of a particular self, a
reward I experience through my studio practice, the cessation of self-preoccupation and
doubt."
andreadezsö  art  artists  embroidery  animation  sculpture  installation  romania  dreams 
august 2014 by robertogreco
Association for Cultural Equity
"The Association for Cultural Equity (ACE) was founded by Alan Lomax to explore and preserve the world's expressive traditions with humanistic commitment and scientific engagement. ACE was registered as a charitable organization in the State of New York in 1983, and is housed at New York City's Hunter College.

OUR MISSION

Inspired by the example set by Alan Lomax, our mission is to stimulate cultural equity through preservation, research, and dissemination of the world's traditional music, and to reconnect people and communities with their creative heritage."

[Sound recordings: http://research.culturalequity.org/home-audio.jsp ]
[Video recordings: http://www.culturalequity.org/rc/videos/video-guide.php ]
[Photographs: http://research.culturalequity.org/home-photo.jsp ]
[Geo archive: http://www.culturalequity.org/lomaxgeo/ ]
archives  culture  music  us  alanlomax  video  audio  spain  italy  appalachia  photography  caribbean  europe  africa  russia  centralasia  afghanistan  anguilla  armenia  azerbaijan  bahamas  dominica  dominicanrepublic  england  france  georgia  guadeloupe  ireland  kazakhstan  kyrgyzstan  martinique  morocco  netherlandsantilles  romania  scotland  españa  tajikstan  stkittsandnevis  stlucia  trinidadandtobago  uzbekistan  wales  turkmenistan  mississippidelta  neworleans  cajun  louisiana  johnsisland  fieldrecording  nola 
january 2014 by robertogreco

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