Monday, September 10, 2018

Iulia Gherghei writes

Time and time again

I woke up and the world was full of clowns

All wearing large smiles, lipstick red

All spitting lies from their red carnations 

We have a Russian clown popping up from the calendars 
This one knows karate, he shows us in the April picture

The blond haired one has a western origin

And wants to build walls against cactus trees

The fat one plays with bombs as if they are fire crackers

Clowns everywhere you choose to look

No matter what the political system is ruling

But I forgot our own clowns

This kind smiles in your face while his hands empty your pockets

Delivers political bullshit, phoney patriotic stuff
while he hides millions in exotic islands and ruins forests and changes climates

My questions is, why at the top of the pyramid

Do clowns pop up so easily

Time and time again
 Peace Owners II --  Sunil Sigdel

1 comment:

  1. Nepali artist Sunil Sigdel's "Peace Owners II" satirizes the trinity of Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and Kim Jong Un using Buddhist imagery. it employs the traditional Paubha painting style developed by the Newar people of Nepal. Paubhas depict deities, mandalas, or monuments, and are used to aid meditation. They are painted on a rectangular piece of canvas, prepared by applying a mixture of buffalo glue and white clay. The surface is then rubbed with a smooth stone to give it polish. The paint is made from minerals and plants, though gold and silver paint are also used. The surface is usually occupied by a large figure in the center, perhaps placed inside a shrine and surrounded by smaller figures on the sides; the background is usually filled in with natural elements such as rocks rendered in abstract patterns. The color is often deep and subdued, with subtle shadings of the figures and exquisite renderings of details. The deity's eyes are painted after the rest of the painting has been completed, honored as "mikhā chāyekegu" (opening the eyes). Brocade is sewn to the edge of the paubha to make a frame for display. Sigdel has indicated the trio's divine status with halos and hand mudras, as if showering blessings. A mudra (Sanskrit for "seal," "mark," or "gesture") is a symbolic or ritual gesture and an energetic seal of authenticity employed in the iconography and spiritual practice of Indian religions; some mudras involve the entire body, but most are performed with the hands and fingers. The "Natyashastra" lists 24 asaṁyuta ("separated" -- "one-hand") and 13 saṁyuta ("joined" -- "two-hand") mudras. They are also important in yoga; according to the "Hatha Yoga Pradipika," "the goddess sleeping at the entrance of Brahma's door should be constantly aroused with all effort, by performing mudra thoroughly." However, despite the divine iconography, the satiric intent is made evident by the fly on each of the figures.


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