On the 26th September, at Langschläferflohmarkt, I will be showing my latest book (The Anxiety of Nonexistence) and my photographs, from 11h until 16h.
I will also be giving €15 discount for prints to be purchased in my online shop.
This is my 5th book but for the first time I am publishing a book without photographs in it. The book is a collection of essays I wrote along the years. It comprises a wide range of subjects such as Psychology, Philosophy, Politics, Religion and specially art.
In these writings I attempt to present my understanding on different subjects from a personal experience point of view, as a self expression and self-learning. The texts present my curiosity on understanding people and humanity in general. An investigation about what makes us humans and what makes me an Artist.
You can purchase your paperback copy of "The Anxiety of Nonexistence" at Amazon by clicking on the image and don't forget to send me your feedback.
Art helps us to deal with our feelings, it helps us to become civilized, it is the playing and the symbolic association we do to things, just like toddlers do, which deep inside it is always a serious thing for helping us to make sense of this world. Every act and interaction is an expression; From the little help we offer to a stranger, in mean comments some people do about others' appearances, in art, especially in confusing art, all is a form of expression.
Maybe because of its expressiveness representation people normally expect art to have a message, so they try to interpret what pieces of art say or what they are about, turning art into a utilitarian object that needs to have an explanation in order to be accepted and recognize as art. Susan Sontag says in "Against Interpretation" that art is not about something, art is not supposed to have an utilitarian use for the public who appreciate and collect it. Art is a thing of its own. Its only use is to experience it, sense it as we are supposed to sense the world around us – shapes, sounds, colours, texture, composition pasterns and so. The same is when a child kicks the door because of frustration. It is not a message but a sole expression of frustration. A something to be experienced in order to overcome the frustration; A hope that out of the destruction a greater figure will establish order. Reason why adults should not ask toddlers why they are misbehaving; They don't know and, according to Winnicott, such question only creates more confusion and frustration in their heads, which causes them to overthinking, leading them to mental stress and depression.
We can create and recreate meanings according to our own individual or collective understanding and experiences. Meanings are important, they are the associative representation we use to make sense of the world. Consequently we use such meanings in our conceptual expression. But meaning and truth are not the same thing, so art is not about the message it carries (the meaning we give to it) but about the experiencing of its expressiveness, as creation and destruction, as overcoming our deep painful and unbearable feeling that causes us to overthink, so we can quite our mind and experience the fulfilling calm stillness behind everything, after the fulfilling act.
I went to Morocco in the Christmas of 2019 and I really enjoyed its rich landscape. It was a road trip starting from Casablanca and going through Rabat, Fes, Zagora desert, Benhaddou, Marrakesh and many other small towns in between. The trip was with my brothers and cousins who long time I hadn't seen.
I am making the images available to be purchase now. They are landscapes, architectures and street scenes. These photos will make a difference to my online shop gallery for showing something else apart from Europe, with the north African deserts, towns and people.
I am offering a big discount for the person who will make the first purchase. The discount can be obtained by using the this discount code during the online purchasing process: TCEKTV
We can estimate but never predict the future. We never know what changes in the wind may occur once we throw the arrow of our actions. For this reason we never know exactly how our lives will be once we put our planning in action. The target, then, works only as inspiration, orientation and reference. To act is always a risk taking. When travelling to Israel I thought my experience there would be of hard and boring work, and it was, but many unexpected experiences came along and left their stamp in my memories which makes me forget about the boring and hard moments as irrelevant. My expectations may have caused me to appreciate the experiences much better, reason why positive expectations can be dangerous, making one not appreciate the positive aspects of experiences because of higher goals. Negative expectations can be even more dangerous, because we think we are happy for what we got since it is more than we expected, accepting what actually may still make us miserable, for believing to be in an advantage or privileged position, not willing to risk losing it with further action. Like when I talk about the health care in Germany not being public, not being universal and not being free but the contrary, it is private and very expensive - Different from what people abroad believe and say, and, also different from what a lot of Germans tell foreigners or themselves. When presented to such questioning the answer is often a comparison to others countries - specially comparison to American health care system, not because it is good but, the opposite, because any other system looks good comparing to America's - in order to point what they got as better than what they are comparing it to, and so to accept what they got as it is, as justification to not take the risk of action to change it, overlooking its own reality.
We look for happiness and pleasures in life. Different from what many people think, happiness and pleasure are not sensed in a constant state of mind, body and life. It is found in the changes, in the overcoming of distress. They are the transitional state of mind. "It is action, not rest, that constitutes our pleasure" (John Adams). This is what games do for us, they present us distress to overcome and then to sense pleasure out of the challenging stress. The game, or the entertainment, is a safe spaces to risk action for not belonging and not affecting our real lives - unless we bring our real lives to it or it to our real lives - so it can be a distraction from the challenges of real life, as a way to accept what you got in real life for having somewhere else to risk action and whatever else to pursue pleasure.
Street Portraits and No Violent Communication
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Is photography an easy way to make art?
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The photo mechanical eye culture and the need of abstract vision
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Human duality inquietude and creative pleasure.
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My attention is not in technical perfectionism