Okay! Imagine this if you can: Obama chooses a little-known, woefully inexperienced woman no one has heard of from the smallest state in the union. She was mayor of town that has a population smaller than some districts in
Now, picture this, if you can: would the media be so fawning, if after all this, this candidate was not allowed to speak to the media?
I believe, and correct me if I’m wrong, that if Obama even thought about such a scenario, his testicles would be on show at the nearest hick mall.
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-=[ La Jungla (The Jungle) ]=-
“In some remote
under the approving eyes
of the ancient Orishas,
we took each other,
like animals of
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Wifredo Lam (1902-1982) was born and raised in a village in the sugar farming region
In 1916, Lam moved to
I first came across Lam’s work purely by accident. I was a huge fan of the powerful Cuban Latin jazz/ fusion group Irakere and on the cover of one that group’s most masterful recordings, Misa Negra (The Black Mass), Lam’s masterpiece, La Jungla (The Jungle) was used. The piece grabbed me immediately. Curious, I did a little research and discovered that the MoMA had La Jungla and I went to see this magnificent work. From the moment I saw his work, I immediately fell in love with Lam’s work – it spoke to me on so many levels that it was difficult to tease all the threads.
Lam was different from his Cuban peers in that he immersed himself in European influences that would eventually result in his transcultural perspective. The influence of Surrealism is discernable in his work, as well as that of Henri Matisse. Lam’s travels through the Spanish countryside helped develop an empathy for the Spanish peasants, whose strife mirrored that of the former slaves he grew up around in
Incapacitated during the war, he was eventually introduced to Picasso, whose artwork had impressed and inspired Lam at an exhibition an exhibition in
When Lam returned to
The Jungle, which is considered Lam’s masterpiece, is an excellent example of the artist’s later style. The polymorphism, for which Lam is well known, contrasts aspects of humans, animals, and plants, creating hybrid creatures. This is surely a huge Santeria influence that would make the figures seem monstrous to Eurocentric perspectives. The crowded composition creates a claustrophobic feeling while the forms are difficult to differentiate. The elongated limbs lack definition, while much emphasis is placed on their large feet, round buttocks, and African-inspired masked heads. Additionally, the shimmering quality of the forms enhances the painting’s tropical sensitivity.