Roots & future = good contemporary art

Roots & future = good contemporary art
The Tet offensive by Martin Askem

The Tet offensive by Martin Askem

Interview with the author Martin Cid, Yareah editor, by John Glass

Q.- Why is this issue dedicated to Hell? Do not give a little scary?

A.- Well, (laughs) not to me. You know, hell, demons, nightmares… are subjects that have always interested me. Perfect subjects to write. They have two sides: tragic and comic. Sin always brings disgrace, personal and social, but it’s amusing to analyze its motivations, the irrational complexes behind a bad behavior. For example, avarice: why does a person need to accumulate so many things? Why is this person so insecure to need them? What is really looking for? Maybe love and not money, but he or she is so clumsy as to confuse the objective, mankind is usually funny.

Years ago, I went to Paris, to D’Orsay museum, and I saw ‘The Gates of Hell’ by Rodin. Dante has been a source of inspiration to me and those Gates… wooo… They have tragedy and comedy, Rodin is sublime.

Q.- Is Auguste Rodin the main subject of this issue of Yareah magazine?

A.- Yes, and his works, and his personal hell, he had a life full of obstacles, but he is an example of personal overcoming. The important thing is not to have problems but to overcome them: you know, ‘who resists ends.’

Martin Cid and Jack the Labrador, by Elena Malec

Martin Cid and Jack the Labrador, by Elena Malec

Furthermore, Yareah will have current artists too. Martin Askem, Elena Malec, Emric (Kabal), Paul White, the sculptor Phil Mooney or the suggestive work by Ivan de Monbrison. We never forget our motto: ‘roots & future = good contemporary art’.

Q.- And how about literature?

A.- Elena Malec is a restless person. She paints but also writes, we will have poems by her, and same happens with Martin Askem. Also, we will have short stories by Bobby Fox and Alex M. Pruteanu, articles by IZara, Sartosa and Ann Timmermans, and a funny opinion about Hell by Charles Kinney jr. This issue has been really interesting and I, of course, want to thank my collaborators, specially Isabel del Rio, our arts editor: good job! We have started a new section, Lifestyle, we would like to speak about crafts, decoration and fashion too, we are receiving interesting submissions and we hope to enlarge this section in next months.

Pdf of Yareah magazine issue 23 will be available the 1st of April. Download pdf for free and, above all Enjoy it!

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I am a teacher of Literature and an author of short stories. I like to travel and to speak, to meet new people and to take photos. I am preparing an exhibition of my last travel photos, titled ‘Nights in Africa’. There are 45 photos of 5 countries in the Gulf of Guinea. Years ago, I had a literary magazine ‘The Sound of Wind’ and now, I am happy to collaborate with Yareah magazine.

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