Category Archives: Art

Leiden – First Impressions


First impressions of Leiden, a small city in the Netherlands.

I’m here for a symposium on “Heritage as Aid and Diplomacy in Asia” and was lucky enough to get blessed with a little sunlight after the first day of lectures ended. All photos were taken with my iPhone 5s. 

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Formal Greeting

Formal greeting
Formal Greeting by Milena Iciek

My entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s theme is Time. I’m visiting my friend in Jever which is a small city in Northern Germany. I had noticed this legend-themed fountain the first time I came to Jever. At that point unfortunately, I hadn’t brought my camera. Now, I had the chance to capture this tender gesture, the hand streched out in greeting, to be kissed by some gentleman or other. A gesture we now associate with past times, stories and legends.

Ai Weiwei Exhibition (London)

Ai Weiwei Exhibition Ai Weiwei Exhibition
Ai Weiwei Exhibition Ai Weiwei Exhibition

Ai Weiwei Exhibition (London) by Milena Iciek

I choose these photos of the Ai Weiwei Exhibition in London for the Daily Post Photo Challenge Alphabet, because this art piece left a huge impression on me.  The first photograph shows a list of names (it is continued in the last photo that you can see here). Names of Chinese students who died in Sichuan province on 12 May 2008, the result of a 8.0 magnitude earthquake that laid waste to Chinese infrastructure and cost the lives of thousands of people. In the aftermath of said earthquake, it became clear that the Chinese government had made massive cut backs on construction projects, especially of buildings such as schools. Buildings that, as a result, weren’t strong enough to withstand the massive shocks of the earthquake and burried students underneath them when they came crumbling down. When Ai Weiwei started to ask for the names of the students who were killed, he was arrested and beaten by police and then put under house arrest. All the while, his art studio continued working on this amazing project Ai Weiwei had started prior to his arrest.

Star Wars Identities Exhibition, Cologne (Part 1)

Star Wars Exhibition 1

 

Star Wars Exhibition 3
Star Wars Exhibition 2

Star Wars Identities Exhibition, Cologne (Part 1) by Milena Iciek

These are only my iPhone photos but I still wanted to share them with you all. Especially now, when the Star Wars fever seems to be going around. They were taken at the Star Wars Identities Exhibition in Cologne, Germany.

May the force be with you!