Throwback Diary is essentially me reading my past 25 years of diaries aloud, to strangers, over the Internet. Each Monday I post a new video entry, along with photos of the pages I am reading, and any other supplemental materials I have available. I call it Throwback Diary: The Story of a Life, Told One Diary Entry a Week.
Marina Abramović is a performance artist who has devoted her entire life to her art, and who has gone from being seen as an insane, marginal performer to achieving worldwide fame. She is a charmer and an intellectual, who likes to laugh and cook and be surrounded by creative people.
Eleanor Fagan, best known as Billie Holiday, was one of the most prominent jazz vocalists of the 20th century. Among her most outstanding works is the song “Strange Fruit”, which took Billie Holiday from the realm of love songs and lighter entertainment to the status of symbol of political involvement in the civil rights movement. “Strange Fruit”, written and performed at the end of the 1930s, rose to fame in a context where the Civil Rights movement had yet to take off.
Ai Weiwei is one of the most, if not the most, famous Chinese contemporary artists in the West. A large part of his work can be qualified as provocative, defying the political order, social prudery, and going against the idea that ancient artifacts should be put in museums or sold at auctions. Ai Weiwei summarizes his attitude towards his art as such: “An artwork unable to make people feel uncomfortable or to feel different is not one worth creating.”