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La Recoleta Con Nora Patrich, Yuki y Unos Felinos
Saturday, May 07, 2016




Three weeks ago my friend, painter Nora Patrich and I met at La Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires. We were there to meet up with our model friend Yuki who shared and shares a love for the place. In Yuki’s case her friend in the cemetery are still alive. Her friends are the cats. She feeds them and one in particular is her friend. The weather was unstable so we had sun and rain and a cold autumn wind. After our shoot we crossed the street to the fashionable La Biela Café. We took a selfie in the woman’s bathroom and then I posed Nora and Yuki between the statue of two friends, Jorge Luís Borges and Adolfo Bioy Casares.



Hace tres semanas mi amiga, la pintora Nora Patrich y yo nos encontramos en el cementerio de La Recoleta. Nuestra meta era encontrarnos con Yuki, nuestra modelo favorita. Los tres compartimos un amor por el cementerio. La única diferencia es que Yuki tiene amigos muy vivitos en el lugar. Va a menudo a darle de comer a los muchos gatos que habitan el lugar. Uno, en particular es su especial amigo. No llovió, nos salió el sol y un viento frio presagió un invierno que ya se venía. Después de las fotos cruzamos la calle al café, muy de moda de La Biela. Tomamos unos selfies en el baño de mujeres. La foto final es con dos estatuas reperesentando a dos amigos, Jorge Luís Borges y Adolfo Bioy Casares.  



La recoleta – Jorge Luís Borges

Convencidos de caducidad
por tantas nobles certidumbres del polvo,
nos demoramos y bajamos la voz
entre las lentas filas de panteones,
cuya retórica de sombra y de mármol
promete o prefigura la deseable
dignidad de haber muerto.
Bellos son los sepulcros,
el desnudo latín y las trabadas fechas fatales,
la conjunción del mármol y de la flor
y las plazuelas con frescura de patio
y los muchos ayeres de a historia
hoy detenida y única.
Equivocamos esa paz con la muerte
y creemos anhelar nuestro fin
y anhelamos el sueño y la indiferencia.
Vibrante en las espadas y en la pasión
y dormida en la hiedra,
sólo la vida existe.
El espacio y el tiempo son normas suyas,
son instrumentos mágicos del alma,
y cuando ésta se apague,
se apagarán con ella el espacio, el tiempo y la muerte,
como al cesar la luz
caduca el simulacro de los espejos
que ya la tarde fue apagando.
Sombra benigna de los árboles,
viento con pájaros que sobre las ramas ondea,
alma que se dispersa entre otras almas,
fuera un milagro que alguna vez dejaran de ser,
milagro incomprensible,
aunque su imaginaria repetición
infame con horror nuestros días.
Estas cosas pensé en la Recoleta,
en el lugar de mi ceniza.

Fervor de Buenos Aires, 1923




Recoleta Cemetery

By Jorge Luis Borges

Translated by Stephen Kessler

Convinced of decrepitude

by so many certainties of dust,

we linger and lower our voices

among the long rows of mausoleums,

whose rhetoric of shadow and marble

promises or prefigures the desirable

dignity of having died.

The tombs are beautiful,

the naked Latin and the engraved fatal dates,

the coming together of marble and flowers

and the little plazas cool as courtyards

and the many yesterdays of history

today stilled and unique.

We mistake that peace for death

And we believe we long for our end

when what long for is sleep and indifference.

Vibrant in swords and in passion,

and asleep in the ivy,

only life exists.

Its forms are space and time,

they are magical instruments of the soul,

and when it is extinguished,

space, time, and death will be extinguished with it,

as the mirrors’ images wither

when evening covers them over

and the light dims.

Begnign shade of trees,

wind full of birds and undulating limbs,

souls dispersed into other souls,

it might be a miracle that they once stopped being,

an incomprehensible miracle,

although its imaginary repetition

slanders our days with horror.

I thought these things in the Recoleta,

in the place of my ashes.













































     

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Don Homero Aridjis - The Butterfly Man

Grateful Dead Diversity

La Secta del Cuchillo y el Coraje

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2/21/16 - 2/28/16

2/28/16 - 3/6/16

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4/10/16 - 4/17/16

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8/21/16 - 8/28/16

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10/9/16 - 10/16/16

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10/30/16 - 11/6/16

11/6/16 - 11/13/16

11/13/16 - 11/20/16

11/20/16 - 11/27/16

11/27/16 - 12/4/16

12/4/16 - 12/11/16