I showed two digital films:
a present, intimate (www.vimeo.com/fredericborgatta/intimate)
at Emmedia Gallery, Calgary. Thanks to the Emmedia Board, Bryce and Vickie for their great support!
I suppose one could say the MFA is going well. No time really to savour recognition. Am exhausted after finishing my solo show in early January. Still, it is an honour to receive the award. I’m truly grateful.
Last full day in Berlin. So … I wanted to see more of what used to be East Berlin and at the same time see a former Stasi prison. This city provokes many contradictory feelings. From marveling at the deep cultural heritage of its art and architecture to being dumbfounded by the unspeakable history of terror and war.
Just got notification of being one of three winners of the graduate scholarship competition. Congrats to my fellow winners.
The eight of us in the 1st year MFA have a show between two galleries at the University. I have my own wall. What a thrill to see my work in a gallery setting. The images themselves are on my website.
I just got notification of being accepted into the Masters of Fine Arts graduate program at the University of Calgary. My second graduate degree. No other way to describe what I’m doing as a Boomer extreme sport! Looking forward to this though, but filled with trepidation too. Beyond a group show many years ago and some private purchases of my photographs, I have never experience a group critique of my work. Nor have I had to produce work on a regular basis for exhibition and evaluation. Two years of this…yikes!
It is summer time now in Namibia. The temperatures hover around 34 C during the day, dropping to the low twenties at night. The rainy season has yet to start. The skys during the day are a deep blue, colours are saturated and the air is dry. It has started to become windy however and although the streets are paved, there is also a lot of dust kicked up from fields scattered everywhere.
My lemon tree is going stronger than ever, producing a prodigious quantity of lemons. The base of the tree is littered with ripe fruit. The grapefruit trees are starting to bud after producing flowers the scent of which is reminiscent of lavender trees. It appears that there are two grapefruit harvests to be had during the year. I look forward to watching their progress from small bud to full-sized fruit.
Music I’m listening to:
Late Beethoven sonatas, Andras Schiff at the keyboard. These are conversations, almost inner dialogues. Schiff thinks they represent Beethoven’s thanks to life.
Schubert: Winterreise: Mark Padmore, tenor, Paul Lewis, piano.
Handel: Between heaven and earth, arias sung by Sandrine Piau, soprano – gorgeous music
David Bowie: The Essential David Bowie – both a trip down memory lane and a marvel of good pop music. No question, Bowie is a wonderful melodist.
The drive to Otjiwarongo was thankfully on paved roads (or tarred, as they say here). I had paid for a full day at the Cheetah Conservation Fund, but I over-estimated our ability to cover the distance in time for the 8AM cheetah run. I arrived at noon finally and spent the rest of the day in the company of a guide and the cheetahs. Here are some pics from the day. I think they show how well the cheetah is camouflaged in the brown grass.
A couple of points of interest about the cheetah: First, apparently their genetic pool is very small and thus most of the cheetahs we see today are heavily inbred. This results in a very fragile animal. Second, most of Namibia is privately owned and fenced off. There are many game farms that grow Springbok, Oryx, Kudu, Ostrich etc. Inevitably, farmers and cheetahs are in perpetual conflict resulting in many cheetah deaths. Sometimes farmers kill pregnant animals and realizing there are un-born cubs will cut open the mother and bring them to the Cheetah Conservancy. Once they have been taken out of nature they must be cared for until they die. To this end, the Conservancy goes through 12-15 donkeys per week to feed the many cheetahs on hand.