Livin' in a ghost town

Al Jazeera Al Hamra or “the village of Al Hamra”, the place we currently call home, actually used to be a real village. I’m talking 50 years ago. What we see now is a relatively new…


Amir Khojasteh at carbon 12 Dubai

A few months ago I discovered a new painter from Iran at Carbon 12, an art gallery in the Al Quoz industrial area that is thé location for modern art in Dubai. Amir Khostasteh currently lives and…


Lunuganga - Creative Jungle Estate

In June 2015 we visited the Lunuganga Estate just outside Bentota. Lununganga was the country home of the renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. Started in 1947, the garden led Bawa, a lawyer…


The Collages of Barbara Breitenfellner

I love Barbara Breitenfellners collages where she combines old photograph cutouts from magazines with more geometric shapes and creates entirely new layout pieces that somehow give a new (hidden)…


Hergé vs Hiroshige

Tradition influences modernity. We can see that old traditional Japanese printing techniques and illustrated publications were used as source for contemporary manga and anime, but they were also…


The polyptychs of Marcel Dzama

Dzama tells stories. Stories about bad men like terrorists, decadent stories about a world where dancers and cowboys and all kind of puppet-like creatures roam. His world is one big theater. The…


The battle of the rude men

I really love the work of LA-based artist Cleon Peterson. His work often depicts violent scenes of barely dressed human (male) figures beating up or stabbing other figures in sort of epic battle…


Good Willsmith - Things our bodies used to have

When I first heard the track Not Your Kids I immediately found myself dreaming away to a hazy state of introspection. The track is a swelling improvisational construct of guitars, drum machine and…


Nick Cave - Skeleton Tree

As a hardcore fan for more than 30 years I really like Nick Cave’s ability to tell stories and to create this entire atmospheric world around his songs and ballads, especially when he executes…


The paintings of Matsukawa Tomona

I discovered Mastukawa Tomona’s dark and sensually intriguing work in a group exhibition at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo (May 2016). Matsukawa’s work is atmospheric. You can almost touch or…