The Center Georges Pompidou offers a great retrospective of a major photographer Walker Evans (1903-1975) who spent most of his life as a photographer interested in the vernacular, in everyday life, in urban banality. He examined the American soul through its roads, advertisements, ordinary buildings, cars, pedestrians, and so on. It has marked generations of photographers.And at the end of the exhibition, a splendid text that questions less our look than the pleasure to look and evokes the spring of the artist.In this malicious parallel between church and museum, a question and then an affirmation come to mind: “What did you go to see in the desert? ”
Matthew 11: 7-9. As they were going away, Jesus began to say to the crowd about John, “What have you gone to see in the wilderness?” A reed stirred by the wind? But what did you go to see? A man dressed in precious clothes? Behold, those who wear precious garments are in the houses of kings. What have you gone to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet”
Can we establish a parallel between the prophet and the artist?
Troubled question around the see.
[ . . . ] Original French Translation: A good exhibition is a lesson for the look – Saint-Merry
The rise of “zombie Catholics” in French politics may indicate a renewed energy in the French church.
Source: Zombie Catholics vs. French Secularism | America Magazine
After the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States and his immediate signing of a decree ordering “the construction of a physical wall” along the border with Mexico, I felt dizzy. In France, the reception given to migrants (hundreds of people sleeping in the street downstairs, without any dignified and perennial lodging solution proposed to them) has completely revolted me.
In this context, I felt the need to recharge myself and seek allies to think and build a world that would do us good to all.
And I found pearls. Words, or acts that have restored my faith in our ability to work together to put ourselves at the service of justice and love, as Cardinal André Vingt-Trois proposed in his homily on February 5 Inviting to become “a sign of God’s salvation”.
For example: Facebook CEO Marc Zuckerberg, declaring that “the world does not need walls but rather bridges”, or my neighbors are organized in turn to cook and offer meals to people living in the Street, or the reflection of Marion Muler-Colard – in The Complex of Elijah – inviting us to rediscover the heart of politics in this keen consciousness of “we” … And I remembered these words written by Carl Jaspers at Hannah Arendt in December 1945: “Those who seek together new ways must not be too few, but a few are enough to give confidence. ”
Source: Politics in the heart – Saint-Merry