Tag Archives: Brazil

The Dancer

I’ve cried days

I’ve cried nights

For the Lord just to send me home some sign

Is he near? Is he far?

Bring peace to my black and empty heart

Lyrics by PJ Harvey,

pictures via MadeInBrazil

Soon?

This is my second most important imaginary love.

Unfortunately, I didn’t meet him in São Paulo last month.

But that day will come.

Or so I wish.

Meeting beauty

While in São Paulo, I met Marlon Teixeira.

He’s sweet, shy and funny.

I’m in heaven.

(video: Marlon and Jamie Wise  directed by Nicolas Valois for Soon International)

 

Six

Elements that jade me in the contemporary high fashion and art worlds:

  • self-portraits &
  • sex as a shocker &
  • profligate ephebophilia

Elements that enkindle my interest:

  • female artists &
  • the merging of music with the arts &
  • São Paulo City

Magia

I am not the only one of my circle to be a firm supporter of talented collaboration.

Three of my friends joined forces to produce this lovely video:

Anna Boogie took the iniciative to show her herself  the new  jewelry collection in a video directed by Gianfranco Briceño with styling by Rodrigo Polack.

And I absolutely love Little Room, the song by The White Stripes.

Out and Within

Things I found out while I was in the Amazon:

1. I am most definitely and quite thouroughly a city person.

2. Resting and doing nothing is a crucial part of any of my vacations.

3. Eating very unusual food because it had been recommended isn’t the wisest thing to do.

4. Being kind, polite and nice to be around always pays back.

Time off is always time gained;

Impressed

I’m back from the Amazon Region.

It was a trip to a different universe, where rivers matter more than roads, hats are more important than shoes and air conditioning is a question of human dignity.

I won’t get into the uniqueness of the experience, for it is Friday.

Instead, here’s the new very funky video by Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs:

The Amazon Forest isn’t as colorful as this, I can assure you.

Sunny

I love the winter in Belo Horizonte as much as Scandinavians love their summer.

The sun is always shining, the sky is always blue and temperatures are most agreeable. Do you see why I get so happy this time of year?

So to share my love of our winter with the lovers of summer, here’s a song that reminds me of happy moods under nice weather, Happy House, by the Belgian trio Shindu.

Dream away.

The kitschest of Kitsch

Brazil is an eternal nursery for new music and unexpected new rhythms.

Nurtured in the melting pot of multiple influences, a new beat is taking nightclubs and sound systems all over the country: Tecnobrega.

Translating roughly as technocheesy, this new music has recently been embraced by top producers and as an offspring we have bands like Banda Uó:

It is about time Brazilian acts start taking pride in our kitsch core and its reflections.

It defines us.

Rejoice!

A new era has begun for homossexuals in Brazil.

The Supreme Court approved an extension of the legal rights to gay couples by a uninamous decision yesterday evening.

The excitement is almost much too large to be shared and I am almost speechless… A historic day.

More about it here.

The core of Brazil

Brazil is decisively a kitsch country. This is reflected upon every single element of the country’s culture, from the music the masses love to the most refined of the arts produced by the elite. It is as unavoidable as it is fascinating.

I understand it might be really difficult for a foreign to capture it at first, but try and keep your spirit open to the wonderfulness captured here:

The rhythm, the choreography, the poorness of the costumes, he lack of embellishment in the streets, the spontaneousness of the dancers and the means they choose to show their creation: this is where Brazilian art ultimately stems from.

There is no way to deny it; one just has to embrace it.

And thrive.

Organic Ovalle

Curitiba’s Museu Oscar Niemeyer is as delightful a visit as it is a must-see attraction.

The remarkable architecture is home not only to interesting exhibitions (though a bit cramped and random at times) but it is also a meeting point for Curitiba’s creative youth and other busy minds.

It was there that I first came in contact with Chilean sculpturer Pilar Ovalle‘s outstanding work:

Pilar’s motherly approach to wood shapes, combined with an ability to work roughness makes for breath-taking artistic impression.

The use of natural elements and an organic take on art is most welcome on our technology-obsessed world.

PS: Curitiba is one of my favorite cities in Brazil, a true gem and and a captivating destination. I love it.

Please change

I’m spending this week in a lovely Southern Brazilian capital city called Curitiba. I’ve been here many times before and always love to come back.

What I would really love, though, is to be mesmerized. By anything, really.

I am, once again, starving for novelty. Similarity is beginning to bore me beyond the unbearable.

And I’ll be completely alone during the trip. I don’t quite remember the last time I explored a city on my own, but I usually enjoy it. Hopefully surprises will find their way towards me?

I’ll let you know.

Illustration by Artaksiniya

Easily confused

Can (homo)sexuality and religion ever be combined?

A Beauty from Brazil meets a great artist from Argentina.

Daniel Wollmer and León Ferrari.

Conclusions can be drawn freely.

But let us not be narrow-minded.

Query.

Reinvent

I don’t know about you guys, but for me the beginning of a year is always a time of sincere hope and optimism.

I always believe things will be brighter and more cheerful and my bag is usually filled with the most exciting, wildest projects (which do tend to come true, mind you) for the twelve months to come.

Thus for this new year, here’s a new face:

Brazilian model Walmir Birchler.

Ok, he’s not actually that new in the business, but his looks are.

It would be lovely if 2011 turns out to be all about reinvention.

Fingers crossed.