I saw a couple of these photos from Ai Weiwei’s “Study of Perspective” series during my visit to MoMA in March and absolutely loved them. My immediate response was to chuckle, to see the humor in Ai’s middle finger positioned in front of some of the world’s most notable man-made landmarks, from Tiananmen Square to the White House to the painting of Mona Lisa. But upon second glance, there is a powerful protestation behind the gesture, a rejection of the power held by culture and politics and a rebellion against authority. I definitely did a couple double-takes. And even now when I look at these photos, I’m drawn in by the comedy of the composition but find myself lingering on its implications, and how subtly Ai is able to combine humor with making a political statement. Pretty amazing. How does this photo series make you feel? Amused? Rebellious? Underwhelmed?
All images courtesy of MoMa.org
Posted in Human Beings of Note, I Heart Art, Politics Shmolitics, So Cultural
Tagged ai weiwei, eiffel tower, humor, middle finger, moma, mona lisa, protest, rebellion, study of perspective, tiananmen square, white house
songs: “Under My Thumb” by The Rolling Stones and “Laura” by Girls
I knew, before I even started traveling, that this was going to be among the most epic three and half weeks of my life and as a result, I had my iPhone constantly on the ready to record all of the incredible experiences I was having. I think it annoyed the people I was with a little, but I’m so glad I did it. I’ve watched this video probably twenty times since I’ve completed it, and it never ceases to bring a huge smile to my face. It was amazing to live it and now I’m so glad that I have this video as a memento, and that some of my best memories of my travels are preserved in moving pictures for all time. I hope you enjoy watching it too!
Posted in 24 Before 25, A Year In Amsterdam, So Cultural, The Life de la Kendall, Travel Log, Video
Tagged adventure, belfast, blue lagoon, brooklyn bridge, castelo dos mouros, edinburgh, edinburgh castle, empire state building, fire, giant's causeway, ice, iceland, lisbon, madrid, moma, new york, northern ireland, portugal, reykjavik, san jose, scotland, spain, stockholm, sweden, times square, valencia, video