Over the past few weeks, a number of international mega-news agencies have asked me for my opinions on violence in Central America. Some have also asked me to take them into the worst neighborhoods in El Salvador - for free. Go figure.
Here's a personal take on something that happened several years ago, but which I haven't forgotten, not by a long shot. It's not journalistic but it is true. And it's free, which is what people want, it seems.
Photo by me, as well.
Take a few minutes to check out UK poet Steve Pottinger's latest video poem on the cruel absurdity of Gaza.
For more about Steve and what he does, or to buy his books, check out his official site. It's a valuable investment in "feeding your dome."
I'm very happy to announce the completion of my new project, Tropicalísimo, one of the most eclectic and beautiful groups of photos I've ever put together. People who know photography are already getting excited about the project, such as this collector, who was kind enough to post the photograph below, along with the exhibition statement, on her Web site.
The subject of these 35-40 photographs (which will depend on gallery space) is the tropics, as a place and as a state of mind. The pictures were taken between 2012 and 2014 in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador.
I hope to squeeze in a few exhibitions (along with workshops and lectures) in 2014, but given the lead time needed to program art shows, I expect this work will be seen mostly next year.
Some of these photographs have been around for a while, so don't be surprised if a few look familiar. Most of them, however, have never been seen before.
Please get in touch with me if you'd like to program a showing of this work at your university, museum, independent art space, coffee shop, or bar. Formal proposals are already being sent all over the world and I expect to be able to confirm an exhibition or two of Tropicalísimo pretty soon.
Reach me at email@example.com.
- john sevigny