mardi 18 septembre 2007

The Sand as a Culture

Though I traveled regulary to the Navajo Nation, it is far from my desire to make traditional sand paintings. Some Medicin Men explain : "It takes more than ten years to get to know the language of the Diné perfectly in order to be able to formulate and transmit the know-how of the Ancients".

My inspiration is accepting my ability to go all the way back to the very origins of the meaning, representation and symbolism contained in the function of the sand paintings.

I play the Call game. I live this Otherness with the Other so I can be intensely capable of creating connections with today's Otherness, capable of connecting with that which does not come from me but that Otherness within me.

At certain times when I"m creating, my work is the result of this encounter and turns my artistic act into a contribution to the creating of a world that is more fair, more harmonious and more balanced.

The ceremonies are organized by the members of the Navajo Nation who are themselves inscribed in a highly structured system imbued with very serious traditional principles. Their axes and functions are directed not towards an artistic principle but towards a medicinal principle.

Lorenza Garcia - Navajo France

The Sand as a Culture

So Western thought is dominated by the complete and radical separation of mind and matter, idea and entity, subject and object, good and evil?

The Diné concept of harmony, balance and order are essential in intellectual, moral, esthetic and social contexts which are as ecological as they are holy.

Thought is the power of all creation, transformation of regeneration and its power to create the world, and transform that which regenerates life.

We must, as far as possible, transcribe the imaginary boundaries between our culture and theirs : the universe is one and indivisible and the world forms a whole.

There is no dichotomy between the sacred and the profane. All things are connected to each other and create a universal and indivisible balance in the Native American world.

Image E. Strigler

Lorenza Garcia - Navajo France

vendredi 7 septembre 2007

Once upon a time, the sand.

While getting closer to the Dine Culture and those who had already gotten close to it. I was struck by a paradox that I shared with medecin men and women.

"How is is that pioneers and the American army could undertake genocide with the conquest of the West while other pioneers tried to keep this culture alive that had been left exposed so violently to silence and to the extincion of its oral transmission?"

"How is it that by the simple fact that throught a dense and concentrated creative act, the emotion, culture and imagination of the artist can globalize and become indivisible with the universe and make the act of creation as an act of perfect harmony possible? The notion of duality between the body and the spirit then ceases to exist."

Lorenza Garcia - Navajo France

lundi 3 septembre 2007

Once upon a time... there is the Sand,

The goal of life for a Navajo is to die of old age and then melt into beauty, harmony and universal well-being, in other words"Hozho" which means Beauty, Harmony, Succes, Peace, Love, Compassion, Prosperity.
The guarantors of this state of grace are the "Holy People" these sacred beings outlined by the medicine man's fingers full of sand.
"Sa' naaghaii bik' eh hozho".
My research led me down different paths : in the 20's, Hosteen Klah (1867-1937), a renowned hermaphrodite medicine man and Franc Newcomb (1887-1970), a talented pionner's wife, decided to preserve the memory of the Navajo people. Franc, therefore, attended the ceremonies and recorded more than 500 ceremonials in aquarelle paintings...
Lorenza Garcia - Navajo France

Tha Navajo France Association at the Museum of the Quai Branly in Paris

The Museum of Quai Branly, in the front of the Effel Tower, organizes on the occasion ot the Rugby World's Cup a cultural and scientic event : "The Scrum of Cultures".
Around this event, a cultural program in the discovery of the participating nations in the tournament, will take place from the 1st of September to the 20th of October 2007.

A picnic with 20 nations and around the culturals differents activities will take place on the 9th of September 2007 in the garden and hall of the Museum of the Quai Branly.
The objective will be to present to a large public traditions and specialities of 20 nations.

The 9th of September 2007 and to represente the Navajo Nation, the Navajo France Association and its members from Navajoland will be present to the Museum of the Quai Branly and will create an Artistic Painting in Sand.
Have a great day.
Lorenza Garcia - Navajo France

dimanche 2 septembre 2007

Welcome to Paris

The price for a plane ticket to Paris is between 600 to 1000 euros. Hi everybody, what's the price in $?
Here I am, back to Paris.
Summer time is sometimes behind the clouds!
Talk you soon
Lorenza Garcia - Navajo France

lundi 27 août 2007

Why Navajo France Association?

All around the world, the Native Americans became an old legend. The words of "Indian", "American Indian", "Native American", are synomic of desappearance, suffering, famine, and disparage. Not only was a legend left, some filmakers for decades have stereotyped Native Americans, resulting in disrespect, ignorance and arrogance.
Through these attemps of exposure of the Native Americans, the world has become convinced by these illusions and misinterpretations, therefore granting false perceptions.
The world needs to experience and support this cultural wealth of the Diné people.
One of the missions of Navajo France Association is to have the world discover the humanity, life, wealth, development, progress, and solidarity of the Diné peole.
Lorenza Garcia - Navajo France