4.05.2014

Exhibit at Kaffe Kunsten

Yesterday, I went to the opening of Lydia Baker's illustrations exhibit at Kaffe Kunsten (near Vertergade). As you can see, the cafe is quite underground, as if you were in some kind of friend's kitchen. I loved the colours, originality and special signature of the place and its surrounding neighbourhood . There, we could enjoy a nice cosi atmosphere and some interesting conversations around a cup of wine, talking about how mature and deep the drawings were, and how impressed we were to see that Lydia was only 23 years-old. 

Lydia comes from Virginia in the US, and came to Copenhagen to experience the inspirational danish way of living and a new kind of artistic experience. Through my journey across her works and her notebook's drawings (I was really inspired by the way she spontaneously drew in her little carnet, I should actually do the same to keep drawing anywhere and at any moment...), I could guess she's taken time to seek inspiration through the streets, and drawn some little details that makes this city so magical. Here, some of the pictures I took!











Here is the artist :-) You can check out her great works on her website : http://www.lydiakbaker.com


4.01.2014

Little escapade to Istanbul

"I talk about the color of cypress, the forest in the valleys, the wooden houses abandoned, the rusty boats in a poor condition, about the poetry of the ships and about the villas on the Straits that only those who have spent their lives on the shores can understand."


... according to the words of Turkish writer and literature Nobel prize Ohran Pamuk in his famous book Istanbul, describing his hometown with great intensity.

I love Istanbul. When I went there 4 years ago, I fell in love with the contrasts between the occidental and oriental worlds. Seeing the blue blue mosque while walking down an european-style street is one of the little things that make this city so unique. 

I went there about two weeks ago for a whole week. The purpose of my stay wasn't much to visit the famous spots of the city (I already did that once in 2010), but to live a different experience of the Turkish way of life. I've been brought to some amazing beautiful places as the Prince's islands, where we biked in the mountains and enjoyed the outstanding sea view, and some other unknown treasures as a secret little village where we could enjoy a typical Turkish brunch (cheese, olives, sliced tomatoes and cucumber, jam/honey and chai tea) and contemplate the sea side from some kind of abandoned Ottoman ruins. My week was amazing, and I left the city with a heart full of love and gratefulness to experience such a beautiful country. 

I'm now back to Copenhagen, and am really eager to travel to some other places in Europe in a few weeks. Berlin, Prague and Amsterdam, I'm coming!



On my way to the Prince's islands :-)


Here it is, an adorable typical village :





The secret place far from the city center :







Another typical thing to do, eat a fish sandwich (balik ekmek) by the Galata bridge! I'm not a fan though, but everyone loves it ;-)




3.19.2014

Louisiana

I visited the Louisiana international museum of modern art in Copenhagen last saturday, and it was amazing. This place is absolutely transcending. Its location on the costs strikes a balance between landscape, architecture and art in a unique interaction. Beautiful.

I heard of the international renown of that museum, but it is really a "thing" to go there. The whole environment is completely part of the experience. The following pictures talk by themselves.

When I went there, one of the exhibitions taking place was that of an Arab Contemporary exhibition : "What is Arab identity to you?". Well, I was obviously appealed by such a title. As a Tunisian who lived the Tunisian uprising, I was deeply touched to see how Arab culture diversity was highlighted in a harmonious melting. Also, as I already worked for a contemporary arab exhibition about Tunisian identity, I was really inspired by the way artists were addressing the subject. Here are some of the pictures I took at the museum :






Here are some pictures of the Tunisian art projects I saw there. I was deeply touched to see a piece of art of the Laroussa project, which consists on a collective art project to honour and promote the traditional ceramic art of Sejnane, a rural city in Tunisia.



The artwork of Nadia Kaabi-Linke refers to the political transition in Tunisia, here's the outline of the piece of art :




The OUTSTANDING landscape on the island :





To let you better understand what the exhibition is highlighting, here's the introductory text, which I find very instructive regarding the diversity of Arab cultures and the way to approach and understand them :

The Arabian Nights and The Arab Spring – great contrasts appear when one tries to draw broad lines and create unified narrative for such a large region. Here a number of cultural personalities, from the Arab world answer the question “What is Arab identity to you?”

However, one continent feature for the countries we call the Arab world today is the language and the language of art. The artistic imagery in particular, with its geometric patterns, creates a visual ground for the culture that is evident everywhere in the region. The ornamental can be seen in everything from the Arab carpets to the tile patterns in the courtyards; from the curving characters of the calligraphy to the architecture, in which whole walls and facades are made up of complicated patterns that arise both as part of the construction of the building and as interior elements on the form of semi-transparent room partitions. The arabesque, the symmetrically build-up pattern that seems to be able to continue endlessly, is the common factor in an organic imagery that has its roots on classic Islamic art.

Another common factor is the spatial organization of life, which seems to apply irrespective of the many differences from country to country. Unlike the open fluid spaces that are being developed for example in Nordic architecture today, Arab architecture and culture are based on a razor-sharp separation of private and public space, and of social functions within the many walls of the home, which operates with a number of smaller spaces, the men’s space, the host’s space, the guest’s space…

The traditional semi-private reception room, the majlis, where the host meets his guest, can be seen as characteristic of the way private space is managed. Although the majlis is no longer a fixed component in modern Arab architecture, the phenomenon shows how the organization of rituals and habits is tied to the architectural setting.

2.22.2014

København

After a whole year in Canada, here I am, in Copenhagen, ready to enjoy some months of brand new discoveries. I've always been curious about the Scandivanian country, but never had the chance to visit. Now that I have the chance to study here, let me show a bit of what I saw during the first two weeks of my Danish journey.

Copenhagen is such a great city, and I'm gonna keep looking for the most inspiring places. So far, I enjoyed some typical streets from a typical Danish ladies bike, and all the colours of the city. See how the buildings shine even if the weather is terrible? Amazing! I'm not surprised the happiest people live in this country, as architecture is a key part of the danish hipster way of living.

Tonight, a friend of mine invited me to an exhibition of photographs by Aimé Mangouta : Capture, which took place at Underwaerk gallery (Toldbodgade, 11) in the heart of the fancy and famous quayside of the Nyhavn canal. Here are some of the pictures I took! I really loved the gallery's atmosphere. Very cosy. The different quotations were leading you from one picture to another, as you were following the artist in his lonely reveries. Really inspiring.

Keep you posted!