Monthly Archives: April 2012

Unrelated


No doubt a lot of you have seen this image already. This was a cake displayed on World Art Day in  Stockholm,Sweden.  It was a concept by Makode Linde, a Swedish artist. If you take a look at the guy’s website here, you will find he does a lot of similar themed art, apparently its called blackface art. He also has a lot of weird-looking stuff that I don’t get, e.g.

Anyway, I came here to talk about the cake.

According to the Daily Mail ” The black cake, part of an exhibition on World Art Day, was intended as part of the artist’s project illustrating degrading stereotypes of black people through history.”   The red innards, were meant to highlight the issue of FGM…they had a cake-cutting to highlight this issue:

Let’s ignore the fact that you and I have never seen a woman that looks like this. Let’s ignore the fact that blackface art  enforced racial stereotypes towards Africans – i.e. the really white teeth, pitch dark skin and the red lips.

On the other hand, let’s ignore that you and I are often too sensitive when it comes to racial issues, jumping hurriedly to conclusions that justify racial stereotypes and applying double standards – itself racist – a black guy shouting at a watchie is an angry man, and a white guy shouting at a watchie is a racist…don’t deny that natural conclusion we often make. And we all know that Makode would have been in as much trouble as the Swedish minister who cut the vagina first (yes, that was what she was doing) if he was a white artist.

After we ignore all this, at least I am sure we all agree that FGM is not a funny issue. I can imagine that there is nothing funny about having your clitoris cut out of you. It’s not funny that your vagina will be roughly sewn together after that…and who wants to talk about how…unpleasant… your first sexual experience is going to be. Makode ‘screaming’ comically (he played the head) did not capture that…

I’m no artist, but next time someone wants to bake a cake, and have people eat it…itself an awkward somewhat nauseating idea, make it realistic…next time, model the cake after a real girl…get rid of that silly afro, and give her a lighter more realistic shade. Shrink her, because her stomach will not be that big, and she won’t have breasts yet. Then tell the excited people taking photographs to each hold a limb, and then the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs can struggle to find the clitoris, hold it tight so it doesn’t slip away and then just cut it out with your tiny blade.

If the cake was modelled after this, I think it wouldn’t be so funny, it would be closer to the truth and the truth is what this cake was meant to bring out, was it not? Or is this what they pass off as ‘misunderstanding’ art…

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Candid Camera I


My time here in Karachi is drawing to a close.

I can actually start counting down the weeks…bittersweet…10 or is it 9 right now.

While saying goodbye to Egypt, my friend Wayward Foe  said, ‘…We talked about the future and made all these plans to meet each other again but… the saddest thing about goodbyes may be the lie we tell at them. Most real goodbyes are forever…’ He captured goodbyes perfectly. It’s hard to accept right now, but it’s probably true that I may never see some of these people EVER again, at least not like this or with the same combination of people.

So as I begin to say my goodbyes to my life and family here, here are a few videos and photos – most from my crap windows phone (and very first smart phone 🙂 ) for your viewing and my memory.

MY BLOCK

At our stairs

We live in a pretty shady neighbourhood; apparently it’s known for whores, phone-snatchers and brothels.

I just think its dark, has too many layabouts, but is convenient.

Our building used to have a tuition centre, so probably this is what the kids used to do on their breaks.

A Sunday Morning Outside Our Building

MY PEOPLE

This video has my main people in Pakistan…well, there’s a groupie in the video- guess which one she is, and one missing dude.

This is a unique group of people, one is gay and insists on wearing Speedos on a Pakistani beach LOL (he’s not in this video though), one is my fellow African, loud-as-hell and has pigeons living in his kitchen, one is younger than all of us but the man of his house since his dad passed away – also the most loyal person I know, and one eccentric South American who writes letters, has never joined Facebook and can make anything taste like a slice of Heaven, from coffee to sweet corn to some random lentils.

There are a lot of other special people, but these 4 and especially these 3 other guys in the video make/made this experience something else.

I wasn't kidding about the pigeons

We spend a lot of time doing this, so next time there’s a party, please call your local expert. I’ll bring my bong along.

HKK Photography

And off course there was the unforgettable girl that happened in Pakistan… [photo withheld]

MY ADVENTURE

As far as excitement in unique experiences goes, Karachi did not disappoint.

Scuba Diving in the Arabian Sea - Karachi Scuba Diving Centre on Facebook

Shooting AK's

Snorkelling – Divers Reef Karachi on Facebook

I didn’t realize it until I started this post, but the Arabian Sea has allowed me to really enjoy my time here…I actually live quite close to the sea, but it is really filthy unless you go down considerably further, like Nairobi – Thika far / Kisumu – Kakamega far.

Being out on the sea, especially in a boat allows you to just be. You bump up and down, water splashing all over the place, enjoy the breeze as the sea-sick wretch over the sides, and listen to the boat’s motor churn the waves.

Coast at Mubarak Village- The Arabian Sea

Once btw, on this beach on the left, some Pakistani with a red beard  and shades on started to speak to me in Kiswahili…he looked dodgy as hell and apparently lives in Ngara…and this beach is REMOTE, like 2 hours away from Karachi…haha, what are the odds!

I especially loved the one time I went fishing- such a peaceful time of nothingness…and one fish when everyone else caught 4+ 😮

Peace and Nothingness - The Arabian Sea

More to come…and if there’s anything that I ever said about Karachi that you want to see, leave a comment and I will record and post it. 🙂

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