CM: Tina Kambani created the Route of Lafcadio Hearn inspired by the love of the latter for travels to exotic places. Having traveled to Japan with seafaring ships, the love of Kambani for maps arose from sailors who follow closely on them the course of their ship. Any map that is kept on the bridge is used a lot and deeply lived. Charged as they are by use, such maps often became the raw material in Kambani's painting. In the case of Lafcadio the map used is of the Harima-Nada Sea and the sea between Japan's largest islands of Honshū and Shodoshima. Regardless of the present geographic location's specific meaning, this map refers broadly to the fact that Lafcadio traveled to Japan and lived there.
Kambani painted a portrait of Lafcadio with reference to the archival photograph of 1870, when he was a correspondent in Cincinnati Daily Enquirer in America, 20 years before materializing his trip to Japan. The perspective lines, as they recede to the side of the open sea refer to Lafcadio's instinctive vision for his travel to Japan. The circles reflect the 'other' compasses that are required for a fantastic course in the realms of imagination, while the blue lines endow the flat map with actual sea ripples. With her gestural manner that owes so much to her origins in the CoBrA movement ( from the initials of cities members: 'Co' of Copenhagen; 'Br' of Brussels; and 'A' of Amsterdam), Kambani pays tribute to the Japanese tradition of calligraphy, which stems from the philosophy of Zen for inner peace and harmony.
[Megakles Rogakos 09/2009]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn 2009 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens