Rabat – The exhibit combines Laabi’s paintings and poetry as a marriage of words and images.Laabi joins the “literati” ideal of poetry and the ecstasy of the image to create masterpieces. Laabi’s poetry gives a voice to his paintings and the paintings display Laabi’s poetic words. Most of Laabi’s poems inspire his painting.Abdellatif Laabi is a prize-winning Moroccan poet who received the prestigious French Goncourt Prize for poetry in 2009 and the French Academy’s Grand prix de la Francophonie in 2011. On painting, Laabi has said, “I observed many painters, saw them during their work, I sat on contemplating the way they worked, and sometimes wrote about their works; the art of painting became familiar and intimate to me, and in a very short time, I began to paint whenever I could, daily and for several hours.” On what inspires him, Laabi writes in “My Story with Painting” that “Mankind is always reborn as one gradually discovers his or her different selves and multifaceted aspects through the unexpected encounters, the emotions, the mutations we experience, and the danger we face.”Laabi, a major figure in Moroccan culture, is a prolific artist, poet, novelist, playwright, and translator.
NOT a paraglider. Source: RNLIFar from being annoyed at being called out to save a balloon on a Sunday evening, Stephen Wynne of Dun Laoghaire RNLI is happy that the concerns were genuine: THERE WAS A a raft of 999 calls yesterday evening after an object was spotted crashing into the sea off Bray Co. Wicklow, thankfully though the incident was far less serious than initially feared.That’s because, following a brief search, all the volunteers from RNLI lifeboat crew from Dun Laoghaire rescued was giant Mickey Mouse balloon.Several callers to the Irish Coast Guard (ICG) in Dublin reported an object crashing into the water about a 1 km off the Bray seafront.The RNLI say that paragliding has been popular in the area recently and there were fears that the object might have been a paraglider in difficulty.Fortunately though, the seven person lifeboat crew quickly recovered the famous rodent which they believe crashed after being carried by the light breeze and flood tide about 2 km north towards the cliffs at Shanganagh. We’re happy that this was a call made with good intent and calling 999 and asking for coast rescue is always the best course of action. And in this case, we were particularly happy to assist Mickey Mouse, one of the all-time favourite cartoon characters.Read: Couple in their 50s rescued from rhododendron forest in Tipperary >Read: Two divers die in separate incidents in Cork and Donegal >