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Jon Moritsugu OnDemand

Posted in art, film, Uncategorized with tags , on July 7, 2011 by Victor

One of my college pals, Jon Moritsugu, is being featured on Comcast/Xnfinity’s OnDemand service during July.

While they bill the event as an Asian-American film showcase, don’t let that mislead you — Jon is an old-school, Hawiian, punk rock kind of guy — he’s all pop-culture, irreverent and often hysterical. Here’s the copy from the e-mail he snt out this morning: Continue reading

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1987

Posted in art with tags , , on July 2, 2011 by Victor

This is the Louvre Pyramid the way it appeared during the summer of 1987. Forgive the Robert Heinecken aspects of the image, but this was the most accessible copy of the thing I could find, given my storage situation. Also, I was young.

In 1987 and 1989 — my first 2 extended stays in France — I was interested in mistaken identities — I was this black guy discovering both Jazz and Egypt in Paris. Literally.I haunted the Ethnographic exhibits at the Musee D’Orsay, the Musee de L’Homme and whatever weird, antiquated, quasi-American staples I could lay my hands on. I recall becoming obsessed with Sarah Bartmaan, Miles Davis and Josephine Baker. I think that they were my patron saints.

(I’ve got many, many pictures of Egyptian mummies in French and British museums from this period. [This Virtual Egypt thing makes more sense in words than in photographs. I have pictures of ‘relics’ that I created to complement the pyramid image.] It was in 1987.

I’m also reminded that I had this half-thought-out idea of constructing some sort of virtual Egypt, Kiefer-like, where I’d have pictures of this pyramid, alongside a number of relics I’d recovered from a dump nearby the rural American school I was living at, there in Southern France (Lacoste).

Funny, odd, etc. — looking back, it’s a screenwriter’s sensibility I was missing at this time, to wend all of this material together — if I had thought about this images as the leftover artifacts of a story, I would have been able to complete this piece 24 years ago.

After having been to Ghana, I’m struck by an alternate interpretation — all new concrete construction in West Africa looks like this — simultaneously a ruin and a constuction projecct. Projects like this can take decades, simply because people are willing and able to stretch their projects out for years, because their banks don’t do mortgages the way we do here.

Perhaps, I can find a small projects grant somewhere, to help me to pay for this project’s completion?

Elmina and Cape Coast

Posted in art, ghana on April 11, 2009 by Victor

So, now that my pal Mike has offerred me a show this Fall — arguably, to show off some of the many photos I took in Ghana — I’ve started to think about some Ghana-specific work that I might create to put into said show.

One of the most compelling things I saw and experienced during my visit were the castles at Cape Coast and Elmina. These were two of the BIG fortresses involved in shipping 90% of the American slave populations fron Africa to the Americas. It’s one thing to read about such things and another to see them — and not in some bullshit, Alex Haley Roots kind of way. Continue reading