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People from Castellabate/ Palais des Nations, United Nations/ Geneva

"The images here capture the daily lives of fellow human beings. We can all relate to these everyday situations, regardless of our background and culture. These particularities of the Italian way of life, interpreted by a German artist, show us that in the fundamental aspects of our existence, we are all connected as the human family. When we embrace our differences, we also see our similarities. As we now start a new decade, this exhibition is a most timely call for continued dialogue to strengthen tolerance and trust that is the necessary foundation for overcoming those challenges through collective efforts."

Opening remarks by Mr. Sergei A. Ordzhonikidze United Nations Under-Secretary-General Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, 11 January 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more than one year I was out and about with my sketchbook, in Zion’s Church Square (Zionskirchplatz) and its neighbourhood. I was sitting in the little park, in one of those cafés and restaurants nearby, and in Zion’s Church itself, of course. Over those months, I produced about 150 sketches, which provided the basis for the large calender sheets. The atmosphere of this Zion’s Church with its domineering building equally permeates the surroundings and the square, this serene and open space, a place of arranged or accidental meetings for people from all walks of life. In times like these, when dumb narrow-mindedness seems to become socially acceptable again, this urban micro-cosmos tells a different, more hopeful story. This is where I became acquainted with Marinko, the ever-helpful sexton of Zion’s Church. I happened to meet waitressing students, street people, artists and fashion designers, Polish workers and natives who still speak the local dialect. Yet for the most part, I made sketches of people I didn’t know, as soon as I was fascinated by someone’s posture or countenance. This situation made me remember some lines from Kurt Tucholsky’s great poem “Eyes in the Big City”: Two strange eyes, a short glance The brows, pupils, lids – What was this? A little piece of all mankind! Over, blown away, nevermore. Harald Winter http://harald-winter.de/Kalender/
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