Jean-Louis Bourgeois is an activist, relaxivist, and Groucho Marxist.
He is a
"neo-luddite", a student of the primordial
buddhas, a feminist and advocate for the first female Dalai
Lama, a renegade son of the establishment (Harvard '5), and a
Relaxivist opponent of the work ethic and of Industrial
labor practices . He is also an author and architectural
historian with a special interest in adobe traditions.
wrote a lauded survey of adobe architecture, Spectacular
Vernacular illustrated by his late wife, the photographer
Carollee Pelos. Together they travelled in Africa, fell in love
with Djenné, and built their own adobe home in Taos, New
Mexico. Jean Louis' continuing struggle to defend the African
landscape they both loved, particularly the historic city of Djenné
in Mali, West Africa, is consecrated to the memory of Carollee.
The Djenné Initiative, of which Jean-Louis is President, is deeply engaged in Djenne's struggle against the
construction of the Talo
Dam an ill-conceived African Development Bank Project
which would wreak disaster in the floodplain of the Bani River,
a tributary of the Niger River.
This struggle for the cultural survival of Djenné is
coming to a head 9,10,11
2004 with an historic concert. An international audience
will join the people of Djenné and Timbuctoo to hear the Malian
World Music superstar and Grammy-Award winner Ali
Farka Toure with other world music stars perform at 4th
annual festival in the dessert near Timbuctoo January 9,
10, 11, 2004.
What is ENOUGHISM? Enoughism is a call for peace and restraint.
ENOUGH greed, despoliation and arrogance masquerading
as "development." ENOUGH consumerism and desire run
grandiosity on the architectural and cultural plan, and a return
to the human scale
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