△Three things that stood out to me
Afraid to love
David Wojnarowicz: History Keeps Me Awake at Night retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art is heartbreaking. Wojnarowicz battled for AIDS, and died from it. What broke my heart was his thought that AIDS made love terrifying. In the same exhibition, we come across Peter Hujar’s corpse photographed by Wojnarowicz. Sadly, he died from loving too much.
This must be the place
I presented my Arabic typography project to Type Directors Club during Type Thursday. The first thing I saw when I arrived was a little sticky note saying: this must be the place. Coming at a time when I questioned my choice of staying in advertising, I must say, it made me smile. But it didn’t make me forget my anxiety to speak in front of all these highly aware eyes staring at me, after a very short year learning to be a designer. I prepared an entire speech, but I couldn’t follow a word of it. I folded my piece of paper, and started talking. I just gave all my heart to it, and truly felt that this was the place for me—a feeling amplified by the love and support I received. I am very humbled and grateful for this experience, and can’t wait to develop my project in the upcoming months.
Madame Rick died
After 9/11, the liberal Kathy Kriger moved to Casablanca and opened the famous Rick’s café. Before she died, she wrote in a memoir: “If I’m honest, I always thought I would find a man while following my dream; […] that didn’t happen. Instead, with Rick looking over my shoulder, I found myself.” Her words are as beautiful as the spirit of tolerance she created at the Rick’s. RIP Madame Rick.
☐ 1 thing that made sense to me
When I grow up, I want to be Paula
I wrote to Paula Scher, and she sent me her last monograph. Forget about the Bible! I’m telling you, this is all you need! Works is a-ma-zing. I couldn’t sleep the first night I had it. I devoured every page I could, in love. I kept reading on the subway, and finished it the next day. When you start reading, Paula talks about all the days she spent crying at work. Ha! I’ve been there too. But see… the great thing about this book is realizing that Paula is everywhere in New York. It’s impressive. From a record store to Rockaway Beach, one could see her work. Design has no limit if we think of it as environmental. This notion of space broadened my definition of design, once again. Thank you, Paula, for this gorgeous book. You will always be my hero.
○ 1 Question
Why do big corporations educate us?
I met the Wondrous Quin on the subway, and I noticed that she does not shave her legs. I thought it was a beautiful statement. The truth is… We learn to alienate ourselves based on social point of views, driven by the economy. “In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule” believes Nietzsche quite rightly. And, funny enough, we blame Mercury and the moon for alienating us. But if Gillette and its friends weren’t making a shit ton of money, shaving wouldn’t be a thing. Same for every single false belief carved in our system. We could certainly be more aligned with our human nature if we were Quin. So fuck Mercury, the moon, and Gillette. Peace and Hair Love, y’all.