I'm just back from two months travelling.. in the UK and then on to Ecuador and back via NYC.
While in Quito, Ecuador I was curious to learn more about the work of Oswaldo Guyasamin and the following is what I wrote after visiting Fundacion Guyasamin.
Went to see the former home, art collection and incredible La Capilla del hombre (The chapel of man) of Oswaldo Guyasamin's: Ecuador's most famous artist, today. He painted, sculpted, designed and lived with such passion for life and with a desire to inspire mankind: to see the suffering we have caused, grieve for what we have done and create a new world based on new politics, new religion: a new society.I am deeply moved and inspired by his work and its capacity to depict grief with such grace ..in a way that allows the viewer to really lean in and be held in their grief.
I've been wondering about grief in general.. since seeing his work.. and how, as a society we grieve death and the annihilation of huge tracts of our planet.
Malidoma Some's talks about grief in his beautiful book 'Of Water and the Spirit', as part of the Dagara culture in Burkina Faso. He says:"It takes millions of tears to produce a flood capable of washing the dead to the realm of the ancestors, so refraining from weeping wrongs the dead".
I've been wondering: Have we grieved sufficiently for the 70million indigenous people murdered on 1.5 centuries in South America or the 50 million people transplanted from Africa into the slave trade and those who died in all our wars... and ...and ...and ...have we grieved enough? Have we grieved at all? Are we afraid that if we grieve that we will some how break? And if we did break... I wonder would we break wide open... and let something new in?! If we dared to feel the grief of the horrors that we have set upon our world could we forgive ourselves and turn to creating a peaceful, just, sustainable and spiritually fulfilling world?
Interesting and inspiring musings: an average day in Quito.
"If we do not have the strength to grasp our hands with everyone else's hands, if we do not have the tenderness to hold in our arms the children of this world, if we do not have the will to clean the earth of all its armies; this small planet will be a dry and black body on a black space". Oswaldo Guyasamin.
(in spanish only)