Pointe City at Le Bal, Paris

Mikhael Subotzky & Patrick Waterhouse 

A visual story of the Ponte City tower in Johannesburg. Through photographs and found objects, a view of the lives that were housed inside over it's three decades in existence. There were several vignettes of found objects mixed with large format photographs of the building in various stages of disrepair, and of the tenants between 1975 and 2007.

This group of photos are of the vacated spaces, with photographs of the people who lived in them superimposed.

This was a wall of found objects in covered in photographs, cassette tape covers, books, CVs, Posters, love letters, manifestos, and everything else one might find in piles of papers or forgotten in drawers...

The following Photos from Le Bal Website

This photo was next to hand written drafts of letters requesting ("I herby beg") for refugee status and many official documents refusing asylum or forms asking about your history, where you are from, why you left, did you seek help from local authorities and are you able to go back?
At Le Bal

Excerpt Series inspired by Alejandro Cesarco

This series was created as a way to document moments of text that stand out in a body of work and tell their own story in a new context. A kind of copy and paste.
works inspired by artist Alejandro Cesarco, after a recent visit to his exhibit at le Plateau in Paris.

from The New Yorker February 10, 2014  
Bet The Farm: Robert Frost's turbulent apprenticeship.

From Harpers February 2014
The Oa: The pleasures and perils of whiskey by Colin McAdam

 from The New Yorker February 3, 2014  
Full Fathom Five: Derek Walcott's seascapes by Adam Kirsch

Going the Distance: Excerpts from David Remnik's piece on Barak Obama

This excellent article by David Remnik for the New Yorker provides a balanced and deeply transparent view into the thoughts and process and politics of Barak Obama, the 44th President of the United States. Here are some excerpts worth saving:

“The President always takes the long view.” Valerie Jarrett
“One thing that I always try to emphasize is that, if you look at American history, there have been frequent occasions in which it looked like we had insoluble problems—either economic, political, security—and, as long as there were those who stayed steady and clear-eyed and persistent, eventually we came up with an answer.”
"Obama is exactly like all my friends. He would rather read a book than spend time with people he doesn’t know or like.” Joe Manchin
“When you don’t build those personal relationships,” Manchin told CNN, “it’s pretty easy for a person to say, ‘Well, let me think about it.’ ”
Comes to a close with:

"(Obama) said he hoped that one day he might be able to take a walk in the park, drop by a bookstore, chat with people in a coffee shop. “After all this is done,” he said, “how can I find that again?”"

“He travels light.” John Podesta on Obama's circle of friends

"the nature of not only politics but, I think, social change of any sort is that it doesn’t move in a straight line, and that those who are most successful typically are tacking like a sailor toward a particular direction but have to take into account winds and currents and occasionally the lack of any wind, so that you’re just sitting there for a while, and sometimes you’re being blown all over the place.”

“I have strengths and I have weaknesses, like every President, like every person,” Obama said. “I do think one of my strengths is temperament. I am comfortable with complexity, and I think I’m pretty good at keeping my moral compass while recognizing that I am a product of original sin. And every morning and every night I’m taking measure of my actions against the options and possibilities available to me, understanding that there are going to be mistakes that I make and my team makes and that America makes; understanding that there are going to be limits to the good we can do and the bad that we can prevent, and that there’s going to be tragedy out there and, by occupying this office, I am part of that tragedy occasionally, but that if I am doing my very best and basing my decisions on the core values and ideals that I was brought up with and that I think are pretty consistent with those of most Americans, that at the end of the day things will be better rather than worse.”

And concludes with Obama's last comment:
“I just wanted to add one thing to that business about the great-man theory of history. The President of the United States cannot remake our society, and that’s probably a good thing.” He paused yet again, always self-editing. “Not ‘probably,’ ” he said. “It’s definitely a good thing.”