do you ask yourself the same question? for that reason, we’ve collected 47 photos with answers from poets throughout europe in order to read, see, and understand its value. we want to present them in berlin in the exhibition: “what’s the point of poetry? / a european polyphony. on display.“
and here’s what happens…
47 poets from 47 european countries share their thoughts on the question “what’s the point of poetry?” in 47 photos. they’ve created slogans that comment on the state of culture and society in their countries while also keeping poetry in focus. this june at the berlin poetry festival (poesiefestival berlin), their very diverse poetic messages and points of view will be assembled in an exhibition. the photos are demonstrations and acts of solidarity at the same time. there has never been such an exhibition before. it offers the unique opportunity of bringing the variety of european voices and moods together in one place.
Awe-Inspiring Photo of a Grand Canyon Lightning Strike
This incredible photo of a lightning strike at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon was shot by photo and videographer Travis Roe in July of 2012. A spectacular capture by a photog who has been shooting lightning since he was a teenager, the most surprising thing about this photo is that it went viral only after it somehow didn’t even place in the National Parks Service 2012 photo contest.
Strange though it may seem, the photo wasn’t deemed worthy by the contest’s judges, “I’m a pretty pessimistic person but I honestly thought that the photo had a chance at 2nd place at best” said Roe when we caught up with him. “However, when the winners were posted this April and I wasn’t one of them, I didn’t think much of it since it seems that the photos they pick from that contest tend to be more oriented to showing people in the parks.”
Born August 28th, 1957 to renowned poet Ai Qing (Jiang Zhenghan), Ai Weiwei is a contemporary Chinese artist known for his installation pieces and his political and cultural criticism. He studied at the Beijing Film Academy and at Parsons School of Design, as well as at the Art Students League of New York. He was detained early April 2011 on charges of tax evasion, and released later that year, in June.
He is most famous for his activism during the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake, during which he helped compile the names of student casualties and after which he created an installation out of 9000 childrens’ backpacks. He is also known for his installation Sunflower Seeds (centre) at the Tate Modern in London, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads (currently on display at the Princeton University campus), Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, Studies in Perspective, and the Bird’s Nest Stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.