A spot of culture

Tonight is the beginning of Yom Kippur – a Jewish festival otherwise known as the Day of Atonement. It’s the day when Jews fast for 25 hours and seek forgiveness for any wrong doings they have done to God and to other people. Tonight is also my last night in Quito and i’m being taken out for a traditional Ecuadorian Friday night out, so this year, I’m “skipping” the fasting part!

Today was a good day to visit a special museum in Quito – namely Capilla Del Hombre. This museum is totally dedicated to the people of South America and almost 90% of the art is done by a certain artist named Oswaldo Guayasamín. His work is all about the history of human suffering and violence in Latin America and the rest of the world, so sort of apt to visit it the day before Yom Kippur.

Capilla Del Hombre

I never used to really like museums when i was younger. i found them boring and ran through them in minutes not really learning much. But there is a secret thing called ‘a guide’ who can transform a room with pictures into a story of a thousand words! Who knew?! And today was no exception! My guide explained all about Guayasamín’s life, his work and the story behind each mural. The first one to really catch your eye is in the roof. You see how in the picture above there is a funnel on the top…this was specifically designed to house one of his last pieces. It is in honour of Potosi –  a Bolivian mine which collapsed killing hundreds of workers inside. His artwork really shows the people struggling to get light – and is pretty moving when seen in real life. (Photos aren’t allowed to be taken inside so this is a cheeky iPhone pic so the quality may not be great)

In honour of the miners who were buried alive
In honour of the miners who were buried alive

The rest of the exhibition showcases his work which largely fell into three phases; the ‘Trail of Tears’ depicting the misery & injustice suffered by ethnic groups; the ‘Age of Rage’ which depicts major tragedies from the Vietnam war to the Holocaust, and then the ‘ Age of Tenderness’ which is dedicated to love – particularly of mother and child.

It’s impossible to not feel the energy coming from the pictures…

Tears
Tears
Rage
Rage
Tenderness
Tenderness

I also saw this phrase on the wall which i liked:

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I CRY BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE SHOES… THEN I SEE A CHILD WHO HAS NO FEET

After the exhibition you can visit Guayasamin’s house which he donated to his country; it’s the most beautiful house which he designed and his brother built. No doors anywhere inside to allow energy to flow freely around the building. All intricately designed, filled with beautiful things which he made or was given and a real treat to walk around. As museums go, this was a good one!

The rest of the day was fairly chilled, prepping my bags ready for the Galapagos, and getting ready for tonight! If last night is anything to go by, it’s going to be a big one! Jaegerbombs started the night…. let’s see how it ends 🙂

Next update will be when i’m in the Galapagos – i have a lasting memory of watching David Attenborough’s show on Sky 1 with Char & Miller and saying how i wanted to go there… and now it’s actually coming true… too excited for words!!

Fast well people, and to all of you have lovely weekends

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