Imagined versus Idealized
She imagined dystopia , but always
regarded it from the point of view
of the Garden of Eden
Fink Lendvai- Dircksen
on the works of Diane Arbus
As we reviewed the photo – diaries of
2020, earlier perspectives and current
times of Covid19 merged.
Why is the mask not covering your nose
in the picture- is a comment I get often.
In the beginning of the year we visited the Forks of Credit area – Caledon
Around Father’s Day – after the lockdown was lifted we went to Hamilton area – and I told the family about the works of Leonardo Sciascia -the Italian writer whose statue is on Immigration square of Hamilton Ontario.
Street photography exhibitions in Art Gallery of Ontario – made us look at Diane Arbus in a more intimate way. For our family we have intimate memories of walks and street photography in Tripoli, Malta, Istanbul and now Canada
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Let us look at – Child with Toy Grenade in Central Park – New York City – 1962.
Fink writes – about Arbus’s approach
“ The grenade, grimace and claw-like hand seem to point to a desperate future, hysterical and militarized. The picture works because the strangeness of the boy is staged with the kindly natural scene ; there is even a rhyme between those paired tree trunks and the child’s spindly legs . Arbus ‘s subject, here and elsewhere, is the discrepancy between imagined and idealized worlds represented by trees , sunlight, in the park and the violence apparently promised by the child. She imagined dystopia, but always regarded it from the point of view of the Garden of Eden.
APPLICATION- THROUGH EARLIER
PERSPECTIVES – 2017 Copleys at
Art Gallery of Hamilton and
Missing Chapters – at Art Gallery of
⁃ The Copleys exhibition of 2017 told of the lives of immigrants who worked in the factory and how this institution has evolved over the decades.
⁃ Sara Angelucci – the artist – remembers her parents generation and pays tribute to their struggles through this unique exhibition
THE LAST FOLIO-1942-SLOVAKIA-
MISSING CHAPTERS- 2017-Special exhibition in Art Gallery of Mississauga, in collaboration with Royal Ontario Museum, depicting the missing years in the lives of families- of loved ones lost, of migrations, wars and many unspoken realities
ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO
REMEMBERING RAGHUBIR SINGH
The AGO has interesting sections on the art of photography. We added – Modernism On the Ganges- by Mia Fenman – to our home library. Raghubir Singh interrogated Jaipur, Ganges, Calcutta in transcendent ways.
In the essay – The Ganges side of Modernism , Mia Fineman tells of how Raghubir Singh found on his parents’ bookshelf a copy of Cartier Bresson’s book – Beautiful Jaipur ( 1948). Those lyrical images of Singh’s hometown “ stoked the youthful fire” in him . Singh first met Bresson in 1966 April at a dinner hosted by fellow Magnum member Marilyn Silverstone at Rambagh Palace Hotel in Jaipur. Both photographers were in town to meet India’s new Prime Minister , Indira Gandhi, who had arrived for a Congress Party meeting.
For Singh, then twenty three, it was the opportunity of a lifetime: for several days he accompanied Cartier Bresson around Jaipur and witnessed
“ first hand his quickfire intuition attached to a clarity of eye and a surety of stance.”
As we went through our photo diaries and reminisced on the associated trips – the journeys of “ forced democracy” in Libya, walks on streets of Malta and recent years trips to Ontario smaller cities came to mind