Monday, November 21, 2016

Kalevala fun with suricates by Joan Fontcuberta

Back to my Ducks and Kalevala open class collection with a postcard found at the souvenir shop in the modern art Centre Pompidou, in Paris last summer.

Edited and sold by VP - Pourvoyeur d'images, it reproduces a picture from the Miracles and Co by catalan photographer Joan Fontcuberta. He imagined the acts and daily life of a bogus orthodox monastic community in Karelia that organised course on performing miracles.
« Munkki Juhani fait lire un chapitre du Kalevala à des suricates lapones », Miracles et Cie, 2002 (éditions VP - Pourvoyeur d'images).
Monk Juhani helds a Kalevala, Finland's national saga established by Elias Lönnrot in the 19th century, for a "lapone suricate" to read it with the greatest of interest.
In dark yellow the habitat of suricates (or meerkats): Namib, Kalahari, Southern Africa (map by David1010 under licence Creative Commons by-sa 3.0).

When anthropomorphism of the standing suricate joins the absurdity of the artist or faith... depending of the point of view of the spectator.

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