[Henri Matisse. The Sheaf (La Gerbe). 1953. Maquette for ceramic (realized 1953). Gouache on paper, cut and pasted, on paper, mounted on canvas. 115 ¾ x 137 ¾” (294 x 350 cm). Collection University of California, Los Angeles. Hammer Museum. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney F. Brody. © 2014 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]
Twenty years ago, following the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a group of insurgent farmers seized several towns in Mexico’s Chiapas state. The Zapatistas, who named their movement after the Mexican revolutionary figure Emiliano Zapata, called for a new revolution in the country. Complete political autonomy never came to fruition, but the group continues to exist as a collective of 35 self-governed communities. In January, Reportage photographer Giles Clarke visited the town of La Illusion, high in the mountains of Chiapas. See more of his work and read about these Zapatista communities at Business Insider.
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At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough. No record of it needs to be kept and you don’t need someone to share it with or tell it to. When that happens — that letting go — you let go because you can.
Liberia, in a single year a year, uses less electricity for its entire population than the city of New York uses in a single hour.