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by Paul Anel April 6, 2013
"The one thing that I have grown into, is working with things that have been used before. They have a symbolic value, you know, or meaning… They represent the people who are suffering. Because in their younger life, when [these materials] are ok, there is a lot of activity going on in them. But when they get old they are discarded, and that's the time when I intervene, looking for a way to uplift them." The man who speaks like this is El Anatsui. Born in Ghana in 1944, El Anatsui is a sculptor living in Nigeria, where he works with his many assistants on what could be defined an "art of resurrection."
by Pia Chedid and Paul Anel Sept.21, 2012
The Pope looked visibly moved as he greeted the crowds upon his arrival in the square across from the Maronite Patriarchate in Bkerke, north of the Lebanese capital, for the most keenly-awaited meeting of his Apostolic Visit: the meeting with young Arab Christians and Muslims. In a context of growing tensions and anti-Occident manifestations throughout the Middle-East, this encounter was a great sign of hope for the Middle-East and beyond.
By Paul Anel August 31st, 2012
Movie, Reading Time: 4 min
On Sunday, August 20, a little after midnight, the British filmmaker Tony Scott jumped off a Los Angeles bridge. The author of Top Gun, True Romance and Man on Fire, was a man of deep and unresolved questions. This article sketches a portrait of Tony Scott, through one of Denzel Washington's most striking roles ever: John Greasy, the broken-souled bodyguard of Man on Fire.
by Paul Anel August 24, 2012
Video Interview, Jazz. Viewing time: 6min.
by Paul Anel June 29, 2012
"This work required of me four years’ exclusive and entire effort and it is the fruit of my whole working life. In spite of all its imperfections I consider it as my masterpiece." Such were the words of Henri Matisse on June 25, 1951, when the chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary was inaugurated in the small village of Vence, in Southern France. As the chapel just celebrated its 41st anniversary, Land of Compassion invites you to discover this unique monument, at the crossroads of art and faith.
by Paul Anel June 22, 2012