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Justine Gaga – Artist

Posted in CULTURE, Humanity, NEWS, South America, Spotlight with tags , , , , , on June 29, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

In an interview with Colombia Reports, Justine said,

“My work is about solitude, people who are alone and in need of protection . . . I lived by myself for a long time and not because I wanted to.”

Justine found inspiration in loneliness. Her art explores the isolation that comes from migration or being exiled from your home. For Justine, the theme of loneliness is both personal and political.

In Colombia, where Justine is living and working, there are an estimated 4.9 million refugees. Justine was funded to come to Colombia and hold workshops for poor, predominantly Afro-Colombian, women and children living outside Medellin.

Refugees have been forced to leave their homes due to armed conflict in Colombia. Afro-Colombians have been targeted by illegal armed groups. Justine learned about the conflict from the mouths of children,

“They were very sad, they told me that where they come from there is war . . . to remove violence from their minds by helping them to express themselves . . . perhaps they will learn that life is not only violence.”

Aboriginal Art

Posted in Awareness, CULTURE, Oceania with tags , , on June 11, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Aboriginal art is filled with traditional content and meaning. Art represents the beliefs of the Aboriginal people. It symbolizes Dreaming and other concepts in the Aboriginal world. Dancing, singing, bodying decorations, sand drawing, and basket weaving are all a part of Dreaming. Aboriginal art takes on many forms such as rock paintings, ground drawings, body painting and decoration. Styles, methods, materials, and meanings vary.

Contemporary methods of producing art are seen throughout central and northern Australia. Acrylic painting on canvas and many other commercial methods are being used today. The paintings still hold the same classic elements of Aboriginal life and art.

Symbols such as circles, curved lines, and straight lines are used to represent camp sites, waterholes, or places of significance. Each symbol has its own meaning. “U” shapes may represent people and straight lines may represent a traveled path. Dotted motifs and designs are trademarks of contemporary Aboriginal Art.

Wangechi Mutu

Posted in CULTURE, Spotlight with tags , , on March 8, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Wangechi Mutu is a Kenya born photographer/artist whose collages of women have brought her to the attention of the photography and art world. Her use of photos within very striking drawings and painting creates a very unique style. Her images capture the  viewers’ eye attention, and moves it throughout the piece.

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Wangechi’s image entitled Mask is a photograph of an archaeological relic collaged with a sensual drawings and photographs of a woman that composes a warrior-princess image. The transition creates a strong image of an African mask. (Click on image to enlarge)

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Wangechi has a complexed image entitled Primary Syphilitic Ulcers of the Cervix. This collage is done on medical illustration paper and is a mixture of drawings and photos of the female face and head collaged with drawings of tumors. It’s like pieces of different puzzles coming together to create an illustration of a woman’s ordeal with tumors. (Click on image to enlarge)

Harlem Renaissance

Posted in Awareness, CULTURE, North America with tags , , , , on February 20, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

From 1919 to 1926, a large number of African Americans moved from the rural South to northern cities such as Chicago, New York City, and Washington, DC. Many of these African Americans were leaving poverty-stricken living conditions of dirt floors, news papered-walls, and one room shacks. Upon arrival in the urban cities, they found a difference in life-style. With new opportunities came a spirit of celebration. This spirit was encouraged and artist of all media blossomed.

In 1925, Alain LeRoy Locke coined the term The New Negro after a book of the same name, to describe cultural celebration that was occurring. Later the term changed to Harlem Renaissance. Poetry, art, jazz, blues, and literature went into new directions that expressed the feelings of the time.

Artist of the time include Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Cab Calloway and Josephine Baker. These were the days of the Cotton Club and the Apollo Theater.  America was influenced by the expressions of African American culture. The legacy of these and other artist influenced artist of the forties, fifties, and sixties.

You can find collections from this period in the Library of Congress as well as their website.

Exhibits include:

• African-American Odyssey: World War I and Postwar Society: The Harlem Renaissance and the Flowering of American Creativity

Harlem Renaissance and the Flowering of Creativity

This exhibits resources about the Harlem Renaissance.

• William P. Gottlieb: Photographs from the Golden Age of Jazz

Photographs from the Golden Age of Jazz

This exhibits photographer Gottlieb’s photos of jazz musicians and singers such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Thelonious Monk, and Dizzy Gillespie.

• American Treasures of the Library of Congress-William  H. Johnson. “Street Musicians”

“Street Musicians”

This exhibits paintings by Harlem Renaissance artist William H. Johnson.