June 2012 - The Arts
On Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, a Caribbean island off the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, Emilio Sosa Medina recycles ten times his annual paper allotment. A self-taught artist, he transforms yesterday’s newspapers into paper maché sea monsters, lizards, dragons, and masks based on Mayan iconography.
Read more: The End of Print? Not So at This One-Man Recycling Studio
From the New York Times: " When residents of this poor industrial city look to the hills, they now see the faces of crime victims staring back at them. Enormous photographic portraits cover concrete homes as part of a community art project that captures what has become a Mexican obsession: visualizing victimhood or, more broadly, turning cold, mind-numbing data back into real people."
Image: Flickr/ David Martyn Hunt
Pakistan has a very small but devoted community of stand-up comics. It may be no larger than three men, but they've got a niche audience and are looking to propel their relative success in Pakistan's urban area to international attention as well.