REPORTING ON ART AND FOOD from Troubled Places

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Epiphany or A Poet On Capitol Hill?

The Triumph of the Good News or Amanda Gorman reciting her The Hill We Climb?

Does it make me forget that Joe Biden entered Washington DC preceded by an army, whilst BBC One were showing me a handful of bearded heavily armed men patrolling some 3000 km away as representative for the 70 million that voted Republican two months ago? No. Who is going to tell me what's going on in the USA and for how long? Nobody?

Then I will say: Judging by were are we - actually they - now, this seems to have been going since tremendously long time. Washington is not afraid from Trump - he was merely polite enough to play the role - or Trump's supporters; Washington is afraid from just any or everyone*. Likewise, post-vaccination we'll continue wearing masks because we won't be afraid of this particular virus, we'll be afraid of any and every virus.

What is the news brought to us yesterday by the beautiful poet of an angel?

The display of power is never power. Only love is.


*What is it called when you are at rule and afraid from any and everybody? It's called Dictator's Paranoïa. What do you do when you have Dictotr's Paranoia? You hire some foreign mercenaires to protect you? But what do you do if you are the ruler of planet Earth, where would you take your foreign mercenaires from? From OuterSpace. That's why NASA looks for life in space - Washington DC desperately needs aliens to protect Terrestrial Democracy.

Ali Cherri © Ali Cherri

The National Gallery Speaks to Me Personally, Episode 2

Or this is how I resonate in unison with the National Gallery's artist in residence Ali Cherri. 

"Ali Cherri, a Beirut-born artist whose work is inspired by artefacts and the natural world, is the National Gallery’s new Artist in Residence for 2021, it was announced today.

Ali Cherri (b. 1976) is the second Artist in Residence to be chosen since the launch of the Gallery’s new Modern and Contemporary Programme, following the first appointment of Rosalind Nashashibi in 2019.

The award is a collaboration with the Contemporary Art Society, while the UK Partner Museum for this residency will be the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, marking the Coventry UK City of Culture 2021.

Born in Lebanon and based in Beirut and Paris, Cherri uses sculpture, film and installation to pursue the meaning of the built environment and its histories. Often using archaeological relics and sites as a starting point, Cherri’s varied practice explores the processes of excavation, relocation and the museum classification of objects, animal artefacts, images, and their narratives." NG's press release of 20/01/2021

For The National Gallery Speaks to Me Personally, Episode 1 check  'NG's MHAAT (This is a secret message coded specially for me) The National Gallery’s Mental Health Awareness Audio Tour' - second from the top - under The BIG here 


Caged Art, or Art Behind Bars, We Used to Call it Civilisation Series, No 20 - Arts, The Gallery, as seen on 18 January 2021

The We Used to Call it Civilisation Series

Caged Art, We Used to Call it Civilisation Series. Not only the Capitol is behind bars - Cross Street's 20 Arts Gallery is barred too. 

Caged Capitol, or Capitol Behind Bars, We Used to Call it Civilisation Series, photo probably taken on 18 January 2021

LAAF's real English writing columnist Caroline Fakhri aka Teacup, is presently on tour in Spain. Valencia is her last Brexit-Escape Station.  Read about her now fafourite Mikengo Cafe at "A Teacup in Spain" under LAAF ON TOUR here 


Weapon of Vice, by Bambi, Pipckerying Street or how the symbolism of a piece of art might change from one day to another during a pandemic, mid March

Shamsia the Clairvoyant, Women By Women exhibition, see bellow. 8 March or couple of weeks before the quaranteen.

In the Times of COVID19

I wonder what France does with its ban on face covering...?

"The bill prohibits the wearing of face-coverings in public places and also applies to foreign tourists visiting France. The law imposes a fine of up to €150, and/or participation in citizenship education, for those who violate the law." Wiki

Other contemporary practice that in the Times of COVID19 strikes a particularly rotten pose is the one of the Admin*-Abattoirs as I call them.

Think of the new Camden Municipality building, the one next to Google at the otherwise so luring new Pancras Square, with the exciting postcode N1C. Or also think of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation HR, the one at Chelsea Harbour (this shamelessly boggling expression of greed that hadn't allowed the growth of a single tree amongst the sardinesquashed buildings...posh? mon queue). I am saying these admin-abbatoirs where up to hundred people are jammed desk to desk with not as much as a cubicle, like the ones in American films, to separate them; and where staff 'meets clients' in massive equally unpersonalized lobbies (overheated or hipper cold respectively), I mean these monstrosities are as a pure health hazard as a chemical attack.

And before my Lady of Elevation, the Starry Badger ** nags me for sueshoutingattea***, which is the contemporary English for unconstructive criticism, I will say : Nay, I am not sueshoutingattea and here is my sconeandclottedcream which is the contemporary English for "having a positive idea nearly solution":

Whenever you've created a workplace for humans - step back, squint your eyes and examine the creation. If it looks like admin-abattoir, start again thinking aesthetics and respect. If aesthetic and respect are incorporated health conditions would be bettered too.

Admin Life Matters.

*By Admin I mean all working for public institutions.

**Caitlin Moran aka CW

*** For contemporary English entry 'sueshoutingattea' follow the link and read N1 ' Yorkshire Tea' here


Shield! by Shamsia and Shamsia by Tahmina, at Women By Women exhibition, by ActionAid at OXO Tower, until 8 March

Women By Women and Niqab for Men

An example of strongly talented clairvoyance : Shamsia wears a mask before everybody else. Unfortunately the photos on this exhibition are not dated, so we don't know how much before everybody else exactly.

Shamsia was born as Afghan refugee in Tehran, where the Women-Fearing regime did not allow her to study art (as in addition to Women-Fearing the regime in Tehran is also a Muslim-slaying one - not only it slays Syrians but it also deprives from all rights and dignity the Afghani refugees seeking shelter on its lands).

Today, Shamsia is a street artist, fine arts lecturer and professor in sculpture at the University of Kabul. And hopefully for many a year to come despite all manmade wars and batmade viruses. Else to speak despite all Batmen.


By the way, suddenly, in the eternal match Iran vs Saudi Arabia, SA scores yet another goal - Saudi women's gear is more en vogue with the last virus fighting trends. Lately, I am thinking shouldn't we all, women and men, start wearing full niqab?... for couple of months at least. 

Women By Women exhibition, by ActionAid is at OXO Tower, until 8 March

Extinction Rebelion visiting Antony Gormley

Fly now Pay Later - Extinction Rebellion at Antony Gormley

An endearing, lonely extinction rebellionist was a live female sculpture amidst Gormley's Iron Men.

Sea of Tranquility Sea of Plastic by Polite Extinction, @politeextinction

Sea of Tranquility Sea of Plastic

Mare Tranquilitatis is a lunar mare that sits within the Tranquilitatis Basin on the Moon.

Polite Extinction, went to Goldsmiths BA, MA, Museology in Ed, PGCE university of Brighton and is currently in artistic residence at Budapest.