February 20, 2020

Radiating Light

It’s time to collaborate.

When I’m with friends in a rooftop bar called Supra, looking all over Mexico City a mysterious man with a head gives me a beautiful, round crystal lens and asks me to collaborate on a project. Soon comes out, that the Berlin connection is involved. Marcello Pisu, who’s in charge for the Supra art and culture programming, worked together with the now-not-so- mysterious-Brent Pearson- after-all, on this concept. Brent is the founder and designer of the lenses, that are also sold as art pieces in various shapes and sizes (futureeyes). They invite photographers to use the crystal lens in front of their own camera lens, to get incredibly different results and create their own reality. They ask me to capture things that radiate the most light for me in life, which is easy: People! Here in Mexico I’m from the first day on part of a big gang, the Berlin/Mexican Cartel (\Workin title), so I chose to portray them. One night, when there’s again another event, this time a mediation/concert and party from the Kavana series happening, I take my camera and invite the guests to participate in this intervention/performance shooting, this time with my double eye, the crystal lens. Elya Weingrod, is the curator and founder of Artes.House, the “umbrella” that held all of the events and space at the venue “Cafe Madre” this day, makes it happen. And this event was part of their launching popup gallery, where Art and people come together in a more human way, far away from the idea of the white cube of galleries. I’m very happy I was able to capture, what radiates the most light for me, and also the most shadow by the way: Humans. This is also what I think makes them so interesting, after all…

Thanks to Brent, Elya and Marcello for your collaboration and for being also a part of the series, like so many others. So thank you all for shaping my light in the best imaginable way!

February 10, 2020

A Day with the Duster

When I meet Eike von Stuckenbrok with his friend Johannes Bonke, I realise pretty fast that the Duster is more than just a car. More than just a vehicle to get from A to B through Mexico. It’s true love.

Eike (a Berlin-based artist, performer and director of the outstanding Birdmilk collective) and Johannes (a Berlin-based producer) bought the yellow duster two years ago on craigslist. Since then they put a lot of time, money and love into the car, drove thousands of miles, growing as humans and also together as friends.

One day they take me on a trip together with Vinny Olympio (an artist and creative director living in San Fransisco) and Klaudia Oliver (a cultural alchemist, artist, and event producer living in San Miguel).

I get a glimpse of their life on the road with the yellow duster.