Monday, June 6, 2011
What do you think of when you think of the South Bronx?
People think of the Bronx is Burning or are afraid to venture Uptown for their safety. That 's not the reality of the South Bronx. There are Sacred spaces that shape the culture & the space of the Bronx. Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance is one of those spaces.
Social justice, queer, womyn of color, people of color, youth, participatory arts space that holds these communities sacred. all are welcomed to join and come experience a show at BAAD!
In life I believe that art is not just a tool for arts sake. I believe that art is a means to move people to social action to inspire critical thinking and bring awareness to a reality of Queer, People of Color in our world. Laimah Osman is a multi-media artivist (artist + activist) living in Brooklyn. Her visual media work includes web, printmaking, drawing and collage. Her images sometimes challenges corporate media's portrayal of Afghans and Muslims post 9/11 or bring heart to culture and experiences. As an Afghan-American womyn, she uses her perspective to guide work addressing the violence of war. She explores concepts of beauty as they tie to culture, race and gender.
remake of the rhyme Humpty Dumpty for my non-linear story telling class in graduate school.
intention to create pieces with 4 parts we could assemble non-linearly with all the students projects and tell the story.
this is our four parts but in linear order.
i Created this 2.30sec documentary called
“I Aspire to be…!”
I am using photography of two cultural objects to explore the ideals, the images and political
stance we aspire to be.
On the left side are images of Congolese (sapeur- to be cool) dressed in European attire (western suites, bowties, canes, etc.) SAPE: Society of Ambianceurs and Elegant People. At the beginning of the 19th century when the French colonized the Congo, the myth of the Parisian elegance was born among the youth of the Bakongo ethnic group, who were working for the colonizers. The influence of white supremacy, capitalism has been internalized to the point that the white man was and is considered superior, someone showing better manners and elegance.
In 1922, Grenard André Matsoua well-known for his resistance to the settlers, was the first Congolese ever to come back from Paris dressed as a genuine French “Monsieur”,. His arrival caused indescribable commotion and admiration among his fellow countrymen; he became known as the first Grand Sapeur.
Sapeurs revolution is fashion. When the Sapeur expresses himself through the harmony of his clothes, he is returning his admiration to God.
They are pacifist and do not shed blood. They are the opposite of the older generation who speak of African authenticity, anti colonialism and Marxism.
On the other side are murals of Latino/as revolutionaries in Latin America.
Revolutionaries from Nicaragua to
I am having the two cultural objects speak to each other about what people are revering and the impact of colonialism in where people stand in that conversation.
To the People of Mexico:
We, the men and women, full and free, are conscious that the war that we have declared is our last resort, but also a just one. The dictators have been waging an undeclared genocidal war against our people for many years. Therefore we ask for your participation, your decision to support this plan that struggles for work, land, housing, food, health care, education, independence, freedom, democracy, justice and peace. We declare that we will not stop fighting until the basic demands of our people have been met by forming a government of our country that is free and democratic.
JOIN THE INSURGENT FORCES OF THE ZAPATISTA NATIONAL LIBERATION ARMY!
General Command of the EZLN
December 31, 1993
Come and Experience Time, Space and History Through Interactive Media
WHEN: Sun, Dec. 19th 3-5PM & Mon and Dec. 20th 5-7PM
WHERE: The Blackbox Gallery (Room 543), Hunter College North Bldg
695 Park Avenue, NY 10065 (Entrance on 69th St btwn Lexington & Park Ave.)
Graduate students at Hunter College will exhibit their interactive art installations
in this Fall’s i-Art show, which is sure to engage your senses in the exploration
of time, history and social issues. The i-Art show is a public exhibition of
interactive installations exploring various technologies and equipment to detect
different elements such as video, sound, and text to create real-time
interactivity. Debuting on December 19th, visitors of the exhibit will experience
a variety of projects that will stretch the imagination.
Graduate students created their installations through the Professor Sha Sha
Feng’s Interactive Media Production course, a hands-on course that focuses on
the current state of interactive media in a collaborative environment.
Throughout the course, students gain skills in coding concepts, hacking existing
technology, and the process for creating interactive media projects. Students
applied their learned computer programming and hands-on design skills to
create unique interactive art installations that will be on display.