"I love the night passionately. I love it as I love my country, or my mistress, with an instinctive, deep, and unshakeable love. I love it with all my senses: I love to see it, I love to breathe it in, I love to open my ears to its silence, I love my whole body to be caressed by its blackness."
de Maupassant, Guy. Paris Tales.
"And all who live in corners will come to confer life upon this image, multiplying the shades of being that characterize the corner dweller. For to great dreamers of corners and holes nothing is ever empty, the dialectics of full and empty only correspond to two geometrical non-realities. The function of inhabiting constitutes the link between full and empty. A living creature fills an empty refuge, images inhabit, and all corners are haunted."
Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space
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"Ce que provoque mon travail, je n’en suis en rien responsable. Je suis touché d’avoir pu vous apporter un dynamisme qui, originellement, vous a destiné à la vocation de votre choix. Néanmoins, je ne puis en rien — ne me trouvant pas dans la position d’un professeur, ni dans celle d’un mandarin protecteur — apporter un commentaire sur un travail qui est totalement personnel. Je ne sais ce qui vous a conduit à ce métier. Est-ce le goût du masque et puisque vous êtes une femme, le goût de vous doubler, ou plus encore de vous dédoubler? Personnellement, cette expression arrivée à terme n’a pas pu me donner plus de réponses. Je vous souhaite néanmoins le bon aboutissement de ce que vous avez entrepris. Sincérement votre,"
Serge Lutens, Inge Grognard Ronald Stoops
"To be an artist, you have to nurture the things that most people discard."
Richard Avedon, Darkness and Light
"They are buying into the “clothing deficit myth”—the idea that some poor, shivering person out there desperately needs your used garments, when in reality there is simply too much to go around. “It’s a very convenient myth because we can continue to buy clothes and just tell ourselves that someone is going to need them when we cast them off,” she said."
Do We Need to Kick the Fast-Fashion Habit?, Interview with Elizabeth Cline, author of “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion,”
His father was a cartographer, and the family lived in Africa during Ackermann’s childhood—Ethiopia, Chad and Algeria. “I have beautiful memories,” he says. “But of course it was an unstable life. Even today, if I’m too much in one place I want to move and go on the road again.” His wanderings affect his work subliminally. “Even in India,” he says, “I never take pictures. I absorb things and try to remember them. If they stay in my mind, then it’s meant to be.”
In Africa, he studied ballet and dreamed of becoming a dancer. When he was 11, his family relocated to a small Dutch town, where his passion for dance waned. “In Africa, we were dancing in a T-shirt and bare feet,” he says. “I went to Holland, and there were all of these girls with blonde hair and tutus. I didn’t speak the language and was the only dark-skinned person and the only boy.”
He learned Dutch (he also speaks French, German and English) but felt like an outsider. “I was silent,” he says. “I wasn’t the person I wanted to be. We lived in a bourgeois area. I tried to be like the others and wasn’t myself. It was difficult to come to school in Holland with my skin color. I was always dreaming of escape."
Haider Ackermann on his childhood
"I don’t want to produce a work of art that the public can sit and suck aesthetically…. I want to give them a blow in the small of the back, to scorch their indifference, to startle them out of their complacency."
"Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty."