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Entering Van Gogh’s Bedroom

Close my eyes. Breathe. And feel the painter creating every single brushstroke in front of me. Feel each emotion they express by putting that mark on the canvas. Whenever I see a painting on its canvas rather than on a computer screen or a textbook page, I take a deep...

A Day of the Dead in Michoacán

“Pátczuaro” translates to “place where one finds stones that mark the entrance to paradise.” Being the “entrance to paradise” means that it is the first place where souls from the underworld stop when coming back for the Day of the Dead. It is in this area, west of Mexico City,...

J’Accuse: Dirty Buttholes and Homage to the Nozzle

J’accuse! Americans have dirty buttholes. This culturalist remark has substantial material proof for it: U.S. citizens do not wash their behinds after going number two. (Caution: if you do not wish to entertain the idea of ice cream as a metaphor for poop or that the USA’s reluctance to change...


A Love at the Age of Modernism: Artist to Muse to Collaborator

Her hands symbolize her independence and creativity. Her neck is her sensuality. Her bare skin is her vulnerability. Her wrinkles around the corner of her eyes are her confidence. /// Independence, creativity, sensuality, confidence, vulnerability…these are only a few of things that Alfred Stieglitz thought about while trying to photograph...

PURULIA DIARIES: OF CHHOU MASKS AND MAGIC

Charida, a village in the Bagmundi, Purulia district, is the back of beyond of the back of beyond. The landscape shifts as villages fly past. Clouds of lotuses bloom in clear ponds, and in chimneys smoke the fresh bricks being toasted in their kilns. The egg devils and aubergine fritters...

German Christmas Markets

The anticipation of the first snowfall, imminent chocolate overdoses waiting in Christmas stockings, piano strings warmed for the 10th rendition of Carol of the Bells: these winter festivities and rituals charm and warm the soul, regardless of which holiday is being celebrated during this magical season. Prior to spending Christmastime...

The Punk Spirit

The punk spirit is still in there somewhere, though — at least, I hope so. ~ Martin McDonagh, on his writing in an interview to The Guardian /// Elegy for The Pillowman i know your life is a plastic bag with no breathing holes are everywhere and in every heart yet...


Saltwater: Istanbul’s 14th Biennial

“With and through art, we commit ourselves to the possibility of joy and vitality, leaping from form to flourishing life. SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms looks for where to draw the line, to draw upon, and to draw out, through organic and non-linear forms that connect research in art...