April 26, 2011


"emptiness" [pdf] is a brilliant essay by JonFen published in Playboy in autumn 2004. I read it short after its appearance, and liked it so much, that I saved it. I had it in mind, but had forgotten all its details.

Now I read it again, and it is JonFen at his best.

It is about the infinite potentiality (emptiness) contained in an empty sheet of paper.

Yulia Gorodinsky, Used and thrown away (2010)

My Parisian friends are now organizing a "silent scream" or "empty poetry" demonstration due to the ineffective measures of Mexican government to contain the violence related to drug traffic. Between December 5, 2010 and April 10, 2011 there have been more than 3,000 people killed.

So, they are inviting people to send an empty envelope to the President, as a sign of the human potentiality which has been wasted thanks to that damned bullet.

I think about this emptiness mostly when I recall the death of a child or see his old friends growing up and leading independent lives.

Let's stop this using-and-throwing-away naked, defenseless human beings...


Daniel said...

No se si ya habías visto estas fotos, pero la galería de "Sand Houses" me hace pensar en otra forma de vacío...

Enrique G de la G said...

Buenísimas las fotos, no las conocía.

Estaba pensando en algo de P. Toledano, pero me ganó Y. Gorodinsky: