Saturday, November 28, 2015

Since my last post, I participated in a four-day painting workshop, attended the opening of the Open Juried Exhibit at the York Art Association and celebrated Thanksgiving with the family.  In between, Barry and I saw two movies:  Bridge of Spies and Spectre.  Bridge of Spies appealed to my love of history, drama and good acting.  Spectre was Bond--James Bond, but almost too thrilling for me. Still, I think Daniel Craig is a great Bond.  I wonder what's next?

Also in my last post, I mentioned Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania.  This city which retains much of its medieval and baroque architecture has plenty to keep a tourist busy and I enjoyed it all.  On our third night, our guide invited us to join her on a walk to the neighborhood of Uzupis.  It was just across the river Vilnia from our hotel and until most recently was considered the cheap rent district and quarter for struggling artists to live and work in.  On April 1, 1997 Uzupis declared its independence by adopting a constitution, electing a president and a prime minister.  Since that time April Fools' Day has been the occasion of an independence day parade and other festivities in Uzupis. How long Uzupis will remain a cheap rent district is in question.  The out-going mayor of Vilnius has moved there--gentrification can't be long behind, but I hope not.  Here are some of my photos juxtaposed with the Uzupis constitution.  Among the photos is my passport which I had stamped at a bar.  I went back to Uzupis the next morning to take most of these photos.


Constitution Republic of Uzupis

1. Everyone has the right to live by the River Vilnia and the River Vilnia has the right to flow by everyone.

2.  Everyone has the right to hot water, heating in winter and a tiled roof.

3. Everyone has the right to die, but this is not an obligation.
4. Everyone has the right to make mistakes.
5. Everyone has the right to be unique.


6. Everyone has the right to love.
7. Everyone has the right not to be loved, but not necessarily.
8. Everyone has the right to be undistinguished and unknown.
9. Everyone has the right to be idle.



10. Everyone has the right to love and take care of the cat.
11. Everyone has the right to look after the dog until one of them dies.
12. A dog has the right to be a dog.


13. A cat is not obliged to love its owner, but must help in time of need.
14. Sometimes everyone has the right to be unaware of their duties.
15. Everyone has the right to be in doubt, but this is not an obligation.


16. Everyone has the right to be happy.
17. Everyone has the right to be unhappy.
18. Everyone has the right to be silent.

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19. Everyone has the right to have faith.
20. No one has the right to violence.
21. Everyone has the right to appreciate their unimportance.


22. No one has the right to have a design on eternity.
23. Everyone has the right to understand.
24. Everyone has the right to understand nothing.


25. Everyone has the right to be of any nationality.
26. Everyone has the right to celebrate or not celebrate their birthday.
27. Everyone shall remember their name.



28. Everyone may share what they possess.
29. No one can share what they do not possess.
30. Everyone has the right to have brothers, sisters and parents.


31. Everyone may be independent.
32. Everyone is responsible for their freedom.
33. Everyone has the right to cry.

34. Everyone has the right to be misunderstood.
35. No one has the right to made another person guilty.
36. Everyone has the right to be individual.


37. Everyone has the right to have no rights.
38. Everyone has the right to not be afraid.
Do not defeat.
Do not fight back.
Do not surrender.





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