“WE ARE ALL MEANT TO SHINE” / NELSON MANDELA WILL ALWAYS BE A PART OF US

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© Roberto Alborghetti – LaceR/Actions

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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you *not* to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

NELSON MANDELA

 (STATEMENT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS, NELSON MANDELA, AT HIS INAUGURATION AS PRESIDENT OF THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA, UNION BUILDINGS, PRETORIA, MAY 10, 1994)

“DEATH OF A CAMERAMAN”: EHIBITION OPENS IN NEW YORK EXPLORING THE POWER OF IMAGES… ARE CAMERAS WEAPONS?

Death of a Cameraman

organized by Martin Waldmeier

apexart

291 Church Street

New York

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Opening reception:

Thursday, September 12: 6-8 pm

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On view:

September 13 – October 26, 2013

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Featuring work by:

Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Harun Farocki, Rabih Mroué

Hrair Sarkissian, Rudolf Steiner. An Unsolicited Proposal Program winning exhibition.

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On July 1, 2011, in the neighborhood of Karam Shami in Homs, Syria, a young man stands on the rooftop of a building. He uses his cell phone to document gunfire in the streets below as his camera suddenly catches sight of a gunman on an adjacent balcony. For a brief instant, the cameraman and the gunman directly face each other. A single shot is fired. The camera falls, and with the cameraman’s death, image and reality collapse into one.

In the course of recent political events, anonymous cameramen and women have emerged as powerful new figures in the politics of representation and mediation, documenting conditions that surround them while simultaneously carrying the biggest stakes in the telling of th eir story. They create images that do not necessarily show violence, but are visible manifestations of it; images that do not seek to create viewers, but witnesses.

Death of a Cameraman revolves around a powerful moment in which the making of an image becomes a matter of life and death, with the camera functioning both as an extension of the eye and as a weapon. The exhibition explores the power of images to influence reality and alter the course of events. Are cameras weapons? Can they penetrate reality? What’s at stake in the making of images? What does it mean to bear witness through them?

Martin Waldmeier is a curator from Basel, Switzerland, and currently a Ph.D. candidate in Visual Culture at Goldsmiths, University of London, writing a dissertation on translation as an artistic practice. Waldmeier was a Fulbright fellow in Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, and received an MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History from the University of Bern. His current research interests include aesthetics of migration, images and narrations of conflict, cultural translations, and the politics of language in the present-day cultural industry.

apexart’s exhibitions and public programs are supported in part by the Affirmation Arts Fund, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts. This exhibition is also supported in part by the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation; the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia; Kalfayan Galleries, Athens-Thessaloniki; and Video Data Bank.

www.apexart.org

291 church street

New york, ny 10013

t. 212.431.5270

AUTISTIC KIDS RE-CREATE ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’S WORKS FOLLOWING THE MESSAGE OF TEMPLE GRANDIN / A SHOW IN ITALY FROM JUNE 3

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS - APRILIA, 2013

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS – APRILIA, 2013

“AUTISTIC CHILDREN SEE

WHAT HUMAN BEINGS CAN’T SEE”

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GUEST WRITER: STEFANO ALBERTI

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There’s a great expectation in Aprilia (near Rome, Italy) at the “Marconi” Primary School where on June 3 a unique and special exhibition will open displaying works created by autistic students.  We talked about this some weeks ago. Teacher Patrizia Sapri – assisted by children parents, colleagues and friends of the non-profit organization “Il Senso della Vita / The Sense of Life” – led a beautiful exsperience inspired by Roberto Alborghetti’s images (“Lacer /actions” project).

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS - APRILIA, 2013

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS – APRILIA, 2013

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS - APRILIA, 2013

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS – APRILIA, 2013

The “provocative pictures” about the decomposed publicity posters (and cracks) were de-constructed and re-created by autistic kids who entered the visual world of Roberto Alborghetti receiving suggestions and emotions and re-viewing images through the sense-organs. So they discovered an inner dimension to explore and learn. Music accompanied the lessons and students also created words and comments about feelings and sensations they felt while working on Roberto Alborghetti colorful works. 

Now, this incredible experience will be told through an exhibition and a special book which will introduce achievements and results.Visitors will have the opportunity to admire compelling works made by Erik, Massimo, Flavia, Gaia and Nicole, some of the kids who participated to the “Atelier of colors and emotions”. 

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS - APRILIA, 2013

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS – APRILIA, 2013

Teacher Patrizia Sapri says: “The exhibition in Aprilia displays works made by autistic students. I studied in the past, and rediscovered in recent days, the great lesson coming from Temple Grandin, doctor and professor at Colorado State University (USA), bestselling author and autistic activist (in 2010 she was listed in the Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world, for the “Heroes” category). She said that autistics are able to see what human beings don’t see. They see a “wonderful world” that people barely grasps. They perceive a series of visual stimuli that normal people can’t perceive. Autistics think in pictures. They live in a world of pictures and colors. That’s the reason why autistic kids are so fond of Roberto Alborghetti’s works which were re-created and re-lived using different tools and techniques. Based on their state of mind, they angrily painted or gently covered all spaces. In their mental order everything have to be perfect. And they have the wonderful gift to clearly see and perceive in advance – in their mind and heart – the same final work.”   

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS - APRILIA, 2013

THE COLORS EXPERIENCE: RE-CREATING ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS – APRILIA, 2013

“SAILING THE APOCALYPSE”: MEREDITH DEERHEART VERSES AND A “THERAPEUTIC PICTURE”…

"SAILING THE APOCALYPSE" - ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, 2009, MILAN - ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPHIC PRINT OWNED BY MEREDITH DEERHEART

“SAILING THE APOCALYPSE” – ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, 2009, MILAN – ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPHIC PRINT OWNED BY MEREDITH DEERHEART

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In the end,

I knew not whether

life occurred

or

dissipated

amidst plumes of steam

rising,

collapsing,

re-forming light and dark

as

crystalline mists

dissolved all memory

of

horizons.

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Meredith Deerheart

http://healingminds.wordpress.com/

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YES, YOUR PICTURES ARE THERAPEUTIC…”

This lithographic print is owned by fellow blogger and artist Meredith Deerheart (Indiana, USA) who wrote these beautiful verses (she also suggested the image title).  Meredith sent me also this precious comment:

The picture seems to speak about the mysteries of birth, death, and transformation. Many of your pieces seem to speak of these things. I meditated on these things while my leg held me down. I was quite injured for some time, but my mind held many things to ask you, and to share with you… so I wrote and still write. It is like your pictures tell many stories I know about, but cannot speak of directly. People understand poetry and verse… they see their own emotions reflected, and do not demand factual evidence to refute and mock. They see, they feel, they know reality in abstract representation. It made a good deal of sense to speak with your pictures. So yes, your pictures are therapeutic–they do not lie. They are very insightful.

Meredith

http://healingminds.wordpress.com/

"SAILING THE APOCALYPSE" - ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, 2009, MILAN - ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPHIC PRINT OWNED BY MEREDITH DEERHEART

“SAILING THE APOCALYPSE” – ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, 2009, MILAN – ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPHIC PRINT OWNED BY MEREDITH DEERHEART

BOOKS / NEW MYSTERY DRAMA NOVEL BY LILLIAN LEWIS CELEBRATES IRELAND, FAMILY ROOTS

 LILLIAN LEWIS - “All Shall Be Well  / An Irish Inheritance.”

New mystery drama novel celebrates Ireland, family roots. Lillian Lewis turns quality family time into an Irish murder mystery in her new book, “All Shall Be Well: An Irish Inheritance.” The book may be fiction, but Lewis incorporates her own Irish backstory into the plot. Lillian Lewis grew up in post-Depression Chicago where her lovable but eccentric grandmother taught her the traditions and stories of her Irish ancestors.

In the book, Morgan Kenny sets out to bury her bizarre Aunt Mary, believing that she is laying to rest her last link to the Irish. Instead, her experiences with the old world are just getting started as she’s thrust headfirst into an Irish murder mystery. Soon, Morgan’s legacy, along with a priceless Renaissance painting, is in jeopardy as the web of deceit threatens to spin out of control.

LILLIAN LEWIS BOOK - AN EXCERPT

In this compelling tale, rich with history and culture, an American woman embarks on an Irish adventure in which she will learn more about her ancestors and herself than she ever could have imagined.

When my aunt died, she left my family’s home to a stranger, who totally dismantled it,” Lewis says. “The feeling of having my inheritance, my heritage completely dismantled was tragic. I wrote the book to tell a story about the importance of understanding and embracing your loved ones and your roots.”

About the author

LILLIAN LEWIS

Lillian Lewis has spent a lifetime visiting Ireland, living in Italy and travelling the world. She received her masters in theology from Marquette University and received a Ph. D. in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. She has spent over 25 years as a Catholic theologian. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys gardening, baking and writing poetry.

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For more information, visit

http://www.allshallbewellbylillianlewis.com/index.html

All Shall Be Well: An Irish Inheritance”

By Lillian Lewis

ISBN: 9781475920253

Available in softcover, hardcover and e-book

Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iUniverse

COLLEGE TOURIST: AN INTERACTIVE SITE WHERE STUDENTS SHARE THEIR WORLDS

 

College Tourist is a newest interactive website, where students around the globe can creatively exchange and publish personal college town postcards in the form of photographs, uploaded images and graphics. College Tourist spawned from Alison Tatham’s passion for travel as well as her dedication and desire to be more involved in her daughter’s college experience. With the help of Lori Stratford, the two women launched the “College Tourist Million Postcard Project” which embraces the spirit of being a traveler. Their mission in the project is to bring out the joy in travel among college students. Alison and Lori successfully created a niche and an international public platform for students across the world to share memories and daily wonders of their universities.

Some of the categories found on the College Tourist include: College Street Style; Travel Articles; Student blogger posts offering insights from traveling abroad to fashion trends and travel news; Facebook app where students can upload a photo and offer tips on restaurants, shopping areas, hang outs, dream destinations, and weekend hotspots; Facebook app postcard.

College Tourist launched in April 2012 and provides a digital method for students to share the best of their own college town, such as where to eat, shop or just hang out.  The College Tourist team provides a site which creates a community of local knowledge and shared experiences for college students to inspire one another. Furthermore, the College Tourist blog enhances the website experience with blog posts that encompass travel, fashion and food. The College Tourist team has traveled extensively and lived in numerous countries around the world including Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and Australia, before settling in to life in the United States.

For more information on the College Tourist project, please visit

www.thecollegetourist.com

“SUNSET BURNISHED HILLS… FALLEN SOLDIERS WEEP”: HAIGA # 3 BY ~MEREDITH AND ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

Sweet child,

pale

with

flu

limply resting against cool plaster.

Grandma’s Purple Quilt.

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Sunset burnished hills.

Lavender Dusk settles in.

fallen soldiers weep.

*_* sigh.

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Yin/yang poster world

grabbing blurs of yesterday.

Flowing thought bleeds ink.

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© Artwork Copyright Roberto Alborghetti

© Poem Copyright~Meredith

This is the third composition created by fellow blogger, Meredith (healingminds@WordPress.com) for a four composition series titled “Dreams & Lacer/actions: Therapeutical Haiga”. Meredith – who lives in Lafayette, Indiana (USA) – shared a preview of my most recent images taken from torn posters and cities walls during my trips in the Netherlands and Italy. And, she began to create verses…

The third “Lacer/actions” art piece which inspired Meredith’s verses doesn’t come from torn posters. It is a sort of special preview about a new direction, or section or a new kind of images concerning my research of urban signs… I will talk about it very soon. I saw this “visual situation” in Milan. As all my pieces, it’s natural, realistic and not manipulated or enhanced image.

Meredith wrote this note about her verses and my art: 

I have very mixed feelings about them because they feel very transparent to me.  But, that is  art, and as I send this off I feel a sense of sending myself.  This picture touches me deeply, and I decided to not to use any other text than the haiku.”

I thank Meredith for this collaboration which is also a particular experimentation based on colors, images, words, thoughts, emotions and sensorial perception.

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ABOUT MEREDITH

Meredith (www.healingminds.wordpress.com) writes from a rich text based in theater, art, and design training. Also rooted from the soil of personal experience, Meredith writes about mental health and its challenges; her value of developing creative pursuits as part of the equation for living a satisfying life in the face of mental illness and recovery include yoga, dance, writing, and photography. 

Meredith’s professional background began in directing and choreography.  Her education in dance and theater lent equal weight to creating movement and learning projects for school children, grades K thru 12, and mentoring independent theater projects for high school students. When mental illness changed the landscape of her life, Meredith returned to school and redirected her passions toward quieter pursuits in architectural design.  Most recently, her love for writing and well-being generate roomy, new ideas about beauty and life, and she writes about mindful living from a deeper understanding.