It takes Italians to make sure their soda can has style! Fashion and good taste most definitely flourish in Italy where somehow mixing art into daily life is second nature to the Italians. It makes me wonder what it is that makes the Italians how they are, while in neighboring countries like France, Austria, Switzerland and Slovenia, people could not be more different. Even when you go into small villages in Europe, each can have its own nature, its own dialect and its own radiation. This is the case in so many countries in the ‘old’ world, and it never ceases to puzzle me because I feel that it goes beyond the apparent differences in heritage or genetics or what we can physically see with our own eyes and it calls me to search and research.
Coming from Lebanon, I get asked a lot about the civil war that ravaged my country for so many years and with that question there is always a request to clarity what the war is all about there. On many occasions I find myself likening the war to a board game. The board being the land, the game pieces as the warring parties, and the ‘players’, well these are the giants and the warlords who have their big stakes in the game. The pieces get so sucked into the game that they forget who they are and sometimes even the reason they are in it, and the rule are changed often by the warlords and handed down to the players who follow blindly.
Congo is just another board game with so many bleeding players, young, old, male, female, tossed around mercilessly and discarded as the game keeps getting played.