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Artist Crush: Nazara Lázaro

October 30th, 2013 · 4 Comments

These paintings are from a series by Nazara Lázaro called The Silk Road Project which was created during the artist’s journey from Japan to Berlin almost entirely by land. You can read about the artist and the project here.

In June 2012, after nine months in Japan, I took a ferry from Osaka to Shanghai.
I crossed China by bus and train. I Stopped in Beijing and Xian.
I lost all my money in a bus between Urumqi and Kashgar, [but] managed to earn a small amount playing the guitar.

I crossed the mountains to Kyrgyzstan.
In Tashkent, Uzbekistan, I waited one week until I got the Afghan VISA.
I crossed Afghanistan during the Ramadan period; I had no contacts or money.
I organized a performance in Kabul, in the Society of Poets and Writers.
To avoid the dangers of taking a bus, I had to fly from Kabul to Herat.

I crossed the border into Iran, where I stayed one month and organized a second performance.
The police took me to the police station accusing me of sleeping in Iranian houses.
Instead of deporting me, after several hours of interrogation, they asked me to leave the country with in 48h.
I took a bus to Turkey.
I hitchhiked in Turkey and found a truck driver who took me from Istanbul to Berlin.
I arrived at the end of September.

(excerpt from interview on synonym)

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