On a night of storms, I opened the door and the window
To see the hardened moon of our nights.
I said to the night: Run out,
Beyond the darkness and the wall;
I have a promise to keep with words and light.
You are my virgin garden
As long as our songs
Are swords when we draw them.
And you are as faithful as grain
So long as our songs
Keep alive the fertile soil when we plant them.
You are like a palm tree in the mind:
Neither storm nor woodsman’s ax can fell it.
Its braids uncut
By the beasts of desert and forest
But I am the exiled one behind wall and door,
Shelter me in the warmth of your gaze.
Take me, wherever you are,
Take me, however you are.
To be restored to the warmth of face and body,
To the light of heart and eye,
To the salt of bread and song,
To the taste of earth and homeland.
Shelter me in the warmth of your gaze,
Take me, a panel of almond wood, in the cottage of sorrows,
Take me, a verse from the book of my tragedy,
Take me, a plaything or a stone from the house,
So that our next generation may recall
The path of return to our home.
Mahmoud Darwich, A Lover From Palestine [excerpts]
PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES // MAY 2012
A cheerful visit to the White Temple as a good reminder of our miserable mortality. National artist Chalermchai Kositpipat expects this giant life-project to be finished in 2070. Stay tuned.
THAILAND // JANUARY 2016
Poster of theatre perfomance, part of an exhibition about Polish writer Tadeusz Różewicz in Breslau.
POLAND // SEPTEMBER 2016
Modern art says Thank You, Bangkok.
THAILAND // FEBRUARY 2015
John Hammond: “I bring scientists. You bring the rock star.”
‘Jurassic Park’ – Michael Crichton
GERMANY // JUNE 2014
“No, it wasn’t an accident, I didn’t say that. It was carefully planned, down to the tiniest mechanical and emotional detail. But it was a mistake.”
‘On The Beach’ – Nevil Shute
MALAYSIA // DECEMBER 2015
‘The only things that go through my head are aliens, robots and naked girls who are all waiting to come to life in my work.’
American hobo tattoo artist Chris Powers, who’s lived on the road for twenty-five years, attending the 2015 International Tattoo Convention in Kathmandu.
On the tattoo convention’s second day, April 25th, Nepal was hit by a massive earthquake. Some 9000 people lost their lives and part of Kathmandu’s historic center collapsed. Chris Powers and the other convention attendees survived.
NEPAL // APRIL 2015
Malay girls engage in shallow hedonistic pleasures.
MALAYSIA // FEBRUARY 2015
Don’t let them take your unicorn.
FRANCE // MARCH 2016