Wrap with aluminium foil

I was reminded of my visit to Kader Attia’s installation in Malaga last year, entitled ‘Ghost’, when I recently saw a photograph of migrants wrapped in emergency foil  ‘blankets ‘. Attia’s work was created to depict Muslim women at prayer.

However, I found the similarity of his work and this photograph striking; and this similarity was more about the overall scene as opposed to the precise message; gallery visitors walk past the installation, casually observing it,  rather like allowing the  ‘migrant crisis’ to be passed-by and not addressed in any significant way. 

Kader Attia's - ' Ghost '.

Kader Attia’s – ‘ Ghost ‘.


Linda Alterwitz is showing some of her photographs in Aberystwyth

I was glad to get to the Gallery Talk by Linda Alterwitz and Ruth Thomas last night in Aberystwyth. They were opening a joint exhibition.

Linda Alterwitz is showing a number of photographs which layer physical landscapes with normally unseen human landscapes….those that are revealed by technological means – scans and x-rays.

These are intriguing. Its a show worth going to.


Linda Alterwitz and some images from her project  " While I Am Still ".

Linda Alterwitz and some images from her project
” While I Am Still “.









Chernobyl – 30 years on..26th April 1986…


I visited Chernobyl last year, and now the 30th anniversary of the event has just passed. This is the sign at the city limits – a celebration from the era of the nuclear age. The motifs of the swirling atoms, the hammer and sickle, and the wonders of the industrial age are a little faded now….



” Learn, learn, learn ! “


In the nearby abandoned town of Pripyat, amazingly well preserved, are faded posters from the mid-1980’s. 

Lenin’s oft-quoted exhortation to learn, learn and learn ( or ‘ study, study, study ‘ according to some translators ) rests next to a poster advertising the 1984 Pripyat Komsomol Conference.

Komsomol was the All-Union Leninist Young Communist League – founded in 1918 and dissolved seven years after this poster was designed and printed. 


” Agitpunkt “.


An Agitpunkt was essentially an information dissemination point. They were established from 1919 onwards. 

“By means of literature, newspapers, posters, records, films, and the living Party word,agitpunkts were devised to explain to Red Army men and the toiling masses the meaning of the ongoing struggle and the goals and tasks of the Soviet regime; to involve them in the struggle for the triumph of the cause of the Great October Socialist Revolution; and to unite them around the Communist Party. Reports, lectures, discussions, and meetings between voters and candidates for the soviets and for the posts of people’s judge and people’s assessor were held at agitpunkts; consultation offices, expositions, film showings, and amateur theatrical and art activities were organized and wall newspapers were put out by agitpunkts“.  ( The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.)