PRAYING FOR JAPAN: A Buddhist monk filled bowls with flowers during a prayer meeting Thursday in Kathmandu, Nepal, for victims of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami. Thousands of Buddhists participated in the meeting. (Narendra Shrestha/European Pressphoto Agency)
Shirin Neshat: Still from Soliliquy (1999).
“Soliloquy (1999) explores self-identity and the splitting of the self. The dual projection shows a veiled Neshat roaming through an anonymous modern cityscape (filmed in Albany, New York) on one screen. On the other, a similarly dressed Neshat explores a traditional Eastern cityscape (filmed in Mardin, Turkey). As the film progresses, the opposing images of the artist highlight the differences between the Western and Eastern worlds, exile and home, modern and traditional. As the film ends, she suggests a reconciliation of these dualities by mixing choral music and chanted prayer in a hybrid synthesis of the divergent worlds.”
on one of my trips to germany, i was able to visit some of her installations and watch some of her film work, projected.
i can’t describe how amazing the experience was.
Death is extraordinarily like life when we know how to live. You cannot live without dying. You cannot live if you do not die psychologically every minute. This is not an intellectual paradox. To live completely, wholly, everyday as if it were a new loveliness, there must be a dying to everything of yesterday, otherwise you live mechanically, and a mechanical mind can never know what love is or what freedom is.
Is it possible for the rose to say,
“I will give my fragrance to the good people who smell me,
but I will withhold it from the bad?”
Or is it possible for the lamp to say,
“I will give my light to the good people in this room,
but I will withhold it from the evil people”?
Or can a tree say,
“I’ll give my shade to the good people who rest under me,
but I will withhold it from the bad”?
These are images of what love is about.
~Anthony de Mello from Awareness: The perils and opportunities of reality.
Thank you, The Beauty We Love.