My Website !

Dear Followers, I’m very happy to announce that my website is finally online:

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Please feel free to visit it and let me know what you feel about it: All the website is around Paris, and especially an unusual way to discover Paris: it’s not about the Eiffel Tower, or things you already know: it is all around its misteries, special places, artists and musicians.

Learning Chinese

I just had a month of silence (well it was hard after the strikes..).

I changed Job…. and i’m just so happy.

Since I’m working now in the Luxury Accomodation Business… I wanted to give me the chance to start having some courses of Chinese Language, in order to try to achieve my HSK 1 in 7/8 months.

As many Europeans… I had this Kantian ‘a priori’ that made me think that chinese is so complicated. Well… it is but not in the way i though.

Chinese is like building legos.

That’s what i have learned until now… we need to listen more. And build lego.

Sometimes also use our intuition (for writing) instead of logics.

I’ll gladly share with you my impressions and also what I have learned… that might offer a different point of view.

 

Almost 1 Month Later

After the attacks of Daesh of November 13th, Paris is still suffering.

Sorry If i stood silent but it was hard to find the words.

Xmas is almost here… but… there’s something wrong…

We made the tree today, we had a walk with my boyfriend around Galleries Lafayette… got lost in the streets of Paris, like we used to do to appreciate our city… But we were actually sad.

We do not forget, we are still worried and hurt.

Life continues, yes, but we still are too wounded to realize they could do somethig so bad.

And what is worse, is that the “Front National” won a lot of influence the last elections.

Fascists and neo-nazis rising from people’s ignorance and rage.

I am sorry if I stood silent…. But i’m still having trouble to find the words…

Wood Sculptor in the Northen of Cyprus: “The Secret Box shop” in Kyrenia

If you will have the chance to visit Kyrenia, in the Northen side of Cyprus, i recommend you to stop by “The Secret Box Shop”. It’s a small shop,  in the centre of Kyrenia. Quite magical and typical. Inside you will find a sculptor. I really would love to remember his name. He gave me his card but i’m afraid i’ve lost it in my journeys. He creates and sells his hand carved wooden boxes with secrets opening mechanisms.

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He made all these boxes. Some of them have more than 18/17 mechanisms are are almost impossible to open.  Believe me, when i entered, he gave me a box and told me: “open it”….

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After 30 minutes i was still trying to open that box… and i could not. His boxes are quite different from those you commonly find in the Maghreb Area: The mechanisms here are more precise, and he really gives an attention to the detail. What he does really have a soul.

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He explained to me that he comes from a long family tradition of wood sculptors. Some of the mechanisms are so complicated that you still do not figure out how it works, even after 5/6 times he shows you. I was fascinated.

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While he was speaking to me he offered us some tea. I really felt the good spirit of the people living there. People from Cyprus are just lovely. They are the most gentle people i have ever met. They really help you, offer you what they have in order to share. I was really touched by all this kindness that is completely lost in big cities like Paris.

 

 

Art Exposition in Paris: “Ce Fameux Livre!” – “That famous book” – 40 illustrators and their points of view on their childhood books – Médiathèque Françoise Sagan

ce fameux livreIf you thought i was writing just for Beautiful Freaks Magazine, then you’re wrong! Music is not the only mainstay. My job is to stay open and catch opportunities. And you should not loose this one, you have untill the 31st of october.

There’s this quote i admire written by G.K. Chesterton that says :

“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”

And i think that’s the core of the exhibition itself: artists did not kill their dragons. They did something more constructive: they took their time to watch the beast in the eyes, sometimes flying with it. They created a dialog, sometimes as kids, sometimes as grown adults. And what came out was an interesting walk in the hallway of others 40 peoples soul.

The most interesting artist to me is Antoine Doré. I had the chance to meet this guy, who gently collaborated to become a character in a friend’s movie.  What is cool about Antoine, is that you don’t need to ask. What you see is what you get. The metaphors are there, understandable, you don’t need a translation, somebody to guide you. It’s direct, he follows the french classical comic style (I’m always exited to see his works because i can really feel a connection to Moebius line and communication syntax) and you don’t need to be a genius to get to the point.

“HATCHING” – ANTOIRE DORE’ -Inspired by “Le Temps des Dinosaures” by D. Norman and A. Milner.
A full immersion in these mythical and ancient world
This egg represents the birth of his interest for reading and drawing.

One work i enjoyed as well, very amusing for it’s “biblical and Marxist” interpretation was this one:

Reinterpretation des schtroumpf

LE SCHTROUMPF DE FOIN – FRANK OMER

In its description the artists says that during his childhood he used to read his father’s Schtroumpf albums (like every one of us i guess); and years later he discovered the “nullité inclassable”(cit.), translated it means the “unclassifiable uselessness” of these albums. It remembered me i had the same impression after i grew up… i thought it was all so weird and disturbing about these blue guys living in a…a hallucinogenics mushrooms. And his piece (ink and acquarels) really describes some people’s feeling about the Schtroumpfs.

LA FICELLE

LA FICELLE “THE STRING” – CLOTHILDE DELACROIX –
Inspired by “”Voyage au bout de l’éponge” de H. Traxler

There are 40 works to admire in all the exposition, and even if i would, it’s not possible for me to show everything here. But i would like to show you this work from Gilles Bachelet, who chose Jules Vernes “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” for this amazing illustration:

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GILLES BACHELET

When we finished to look at the works…. I saw there was a bunch of books. I was so happy to see again Joëlle Jolivet’s works. It came back to me as a flash … when i was at school i found a book, and i really fell in love:

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I took my time to seat there and swim into the memories.

It felt good to be right there, in that moment, with my best friend Charlotte. I took a moment to look at her and realize i knew her since 26 years.

Well as you can see, it’s an opportunity to spend a good time in Paris, for free, and discover nice art of the capital.  Here are the artists:

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Cyprus. A travel through a painful history. PART ONE

IMG_0625It took me some time to organize my mind…and figure out a way to express what i felt visiting Cyprus Island. I’ve been traveling to Larnaka last week, and i had the chance to visit a big part of the Island. And it’s wonderful. Not only for the people or the landscape: you feel a pulsing sense of history. Something stuck in time.

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Cyprus is not only a “vacation island”. It’s not Greek. It’s considered to be a part of Europe but it’s still out of the Shengen area and you feel to be really at the borders of the occidental world. Just some history: On 16 August 1960, Cyprus attained independence after the Zürich and London Agreement between the United Kingdom, Greece and Turkey. On 15 July 1974, 14 years later,  the Greek military junta under Dimitrios Ioannides carried out a coup d’état in Cyprus, to unite the island with Greece.

Five days later, the Turkish army invaded the island, citing a right to intervene to restore the constitutional order from the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee. This justification has been rejected by the United Nations and the international community.

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Turkish and Turkish/Cyprus Flag next to the Check Point in Nikosia

The Turkish air force began bombing Greek positions in Cyprus, and hundreds of paratroopers were dropped in the area between Nicosia and Kyrenia. International pressure led to a ceasefire, and by then 37% of the island had been taken over by the Turks and 180,000 Greek Cypriots had been evicted from their homes in the north.

At the same time, around 50,000 Turkish Cypriots moved to the areas under the control of the Turkish Forces and settled in the properties of the displaced Greek Cypriots.(*)

turkish frontier

People there is torned up by the euro and global crisis. It remembered me about Italian people: very hard to unify, everybody has a different point of view. A lot of persons from the south considers themselves as Greeks (at least very linked to them), others cannot stand Greeks. Some are mad at UK’s dominion and their way to maintain Great Britain’s power there, others would like to have more help from them. One thing is sure: there is something deeply broken, marked by the deaths and war of 1974.

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A lot of persons still cry thinking to what they have endured in 1974 and dream to have back their homes.

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Even if there is not a wall like in Berlin, their Capital, Nikosia (or Lefkosia) is cut in two. The airport of the capital lies on the buffer zone and cannot be use since then.

You don’t feel a willing to fight. On the contrary, it appears that some improvements were done and there is a desire, at least from the politicians, to push to a unification of the island. (maybe because many are interested in the the largest gas deposit found in the triangle Israel-Egypt-South of Cyprus?….if yes, they will do this probably not respecting the population’s choice).

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I was impressed to see that in a Britain military base near Larnaca, there was a petrol power plan: UK give to the south of Cyprus electric energy. At least a good part of it.

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In a part of the Island, the road belongs to the UK, and on side you have Cyprus, and on the other side the Turkish part. Watchtowers on both side, and to draw the borders just black stakes all along the road.

Turkish monument

In all this unresolved matters, you have tourists, especially from Russia and the Balkans, visiting and enjoying the sea. They go on the Turkish side to buy expensive copies of Occidental Fashion Brands (Copies of Louis Vuitton bags, Chanel, and so on…) and they don’t seem to care about the rest. I felt very uncomfortable in Kyrenia  looking to these shops selling copies, and tourists concentrated more to find the best bag instead of looking to the Venetians walls, and all the history that Europe left these during the middle age.

(*) Datas taken from Wikipedia.

 

 

 

#Inktober / or #inkoctober is having success!

Seems that this # is working quite well on twitter.

Zebra

Here’s my contribution then,

I wanted to post here some drawings that came out on our Music Magazine Baeutifulfreaks.org no. 50

I came back on drawing traditionally … i sold my wacom intuos, maybe waiting to buy a cintiq. I actually still have no idea if it’s really going to make a difference, considering that drawing, writing and doing all of this crazy things is not (even if if it should be) my primary job.

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Anyway…  here’s the cover…. and i have to admit that it was funny to come back on pencil and ink.

Confession of the day: while i was drawing on the paper this one, i made a mistake and i pushed CTRL+Z on the keyboard istead of using the rubber. Shame on me. 

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Best wishes to all of you…

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Hope that ‘ll survive tomorrow….

I have an operation…. and i’m so scared \O/

If you have no news from me, start asking yourselves questions.

Just kidding. Or Not.