Tag Archives: USA

ERIK RAVELO

25 Aug

Los Intocables (The Untouchables) 2012
The right to childhood should be protected.

Provocative photographs addressing systemic and institutional child abuse. The images capture children pinned up crucifixion style against the backs of adult authority figures .The first one speaks of paedophiles in the Catholic Church, child prostitution in Thailand, child army recruitment in Syria, child organ trafficking in Brazil, free guns in USA and child obesity (McDonalds). I love this piece. I find the concept really political, moving and powerful. I also like how it addresses the responsibility of adult figures with regard to the harming of children in various contexts. Placing the children at the forefront of issues such as military occupation, tourism, healthcare, religion, and school violence, asks viewers to consider the potential for abuse within these issues and institutions.
I’ve read some comments that people feel that the McDonald’s image seems very out-of-place amongst the others. I disagree, because to only feed a child junk food, let it reach obesity and damage its health, is abuse in my opinion. I do however, agree with comments that point out that a black child is missing. “Or maybe it’s because we don’t see black kids as kids, but rather as hoodlums, and thugs…” Perhaps the artist could have included an image of a black child crucified on a white male cop..?

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Homeland

20 Aug

I’d heard a lot of good things about showtime’s ‘Homeland’ (and some unnecessary bitching about how “unattractive” Claire Danes is…clearly people are just jealous)! So this summer I caught up on the first two seasons. It didn’t take me long to get hooked.
A CIA agent (Claire Danes), suspects that a rescued American POW (Damian Lewis), may be an Al Qaeda sleeper agent plotting a spectacular terrorist attack on the USA. The acting is great and I find the plot realistic, fascinating and exciting. You can’t predict what is going to happen next and you’re never really sure who is good or bad, who is going to live or die.
Danes’ character Carrie, is strong, intelligent and willing to risk her life to fight for what she believes in. However she also struggles with a mental health disorder and this makes her unpredictable, impulsive and emotional.

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I came across a promo poster for the second season and I loved it so much that I had to share it. On a pin board, photos, scribbled notes, highlighted information etc. make up the portrait of suspected terrorist St. Brody. With the addition of agent Carrie Mathison standing in front of the board and the tag line “The Obsession Continues…” it really is a brilliant and poetic image that examines the lead characters’ relationship and the hidden truths that they and the audience are yet to find out.