dynamicafrica:

Filmmaker Steve McQueen returns to his fine art beginnings with an exhibition and his first new film since “12 Years A Slave”.

Made using reworked Super-8 footage of a young boy in Grenada shot by Dutch cinematographer Robby Miller. The previously unused footage was made during a trip McQueen made to Grenada in 2001. There, McQueen came across the young man we briefly come to know in the film “Ashes”, the name the of film’s protagonist.

Recognizing a quality in him that translated beautifully onto the screen, McQueen had wanted to cast Ashes in the project he was working on there but was unable to do so. Instead, he asked Miller to take footage of the young man.When McQueen returned to the island in 2009, he learned of Ashes’ murder. Shaken by this, McQueen’s latest short film and exhibition are an intimate ode to the effervescence of youth and the tragic death of a young man that embodied this vivacity so well.

Steve McQueen: Ashes is currently on view at the Thomas Dane Gallery, London until 15th November.

(via kyssthis16)

eastafricaart:

From Anza: 

September 2014 saw a special exhibition celebrating the work of Tanzanian artist George Lilanga and his contemporaries at the National Museum of Tanzania. The week long event was crowned with an event on the 25th to celebrate and create awareness for a campaign to restore the artefacts that were formally at the Nyumba ya Sanaa building and provide a  home to the National Museum. All of which will be expressed in a permanent exhibition of these famous works of art. 

artinparsi:

خب خدا که فقط متعلق به آدم هاي خوب نيستخدا ، خداي آدم هاي خلافکار هم هستو فقط خود خدا هست کهبين بندگانش فرقي نمي گذارد… في الواقع خداوند عند لطافتعند بخشش ، عند بيخيال شدن …عند چشم پوشي و عند رفاقت استرفيق خوب و با مرام همه چيزش رو پاي رفاقت مي دهداگر آدم ها مرام داشته باشندهيچ وقت دزدي نمي کنندولي متأسفانه بعضاً آدمها تک خوري مي کنندو اين بد روزگار استبايستي ما يه فکري به حال اهلي شدن آدمها بکنيماهلي کردن … يعني ايجاد علاقه کردنو اين تنها راه رسيدن به خداستکه بسيار هم مهم هست
.
god doesn’t only belong to good people!
our god is the god of the criminals as well
and it is only god, who doesn’t look upon people differently
in fact, god is the heaviest dude in gentleness, the heaviest dude in kindness
he is easy going and the heaviest dude in forgiving, the heaviest dude in friendship
a good friend, will give everything for his buddy
if people live by the rules, they never steal again 
but unfortunately, some people want everything for themselves and this is very bad 
we have to do something to tame people 
Taming means…. creating Love
and thats the only way leading to god, this is very important.

.

Marmoolak (The Lizard) 2004

artinparsi:

خب خدا که فقط متعلق به آدم هاي خوب نيست
خدا ، خداي آدم هاي خلافکار هم هست
و فقط خود خدا هست که
بين بندگانش فرقي نمي گذارد
… في الواقع خداوند عند لطافت
عند بخشش ، عند بيخيال شدن …
عند چشم پوشي و عند رفاقت است
رفيق خوب و با مرام همه چيزش رو پاي رفاقت مي دهد
اگر آدم ها مرام داشته باشند
هيچ وقت دزدي نمي کنند
ولي متأسفانه بعضاً آدمها تک خوري مي کنند
و اين بد روزگار است
بايستي ما يه فکري به حال اهلي شدن آدمها بکنيم
اهلي کردن … يعني ايجاد علاقه کردن
و اين تنها راه رسيدن به خداست
که بسيار هم مهم هست

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god doesn’t only belong to good people!
our god is the god of the criminals as well
and it is only god, who doesn’t look upon people differently
in fact, god is the heaviest dude in gentleness, the heaviest dude in kindness
he is easy going and the heaviest dude in forgiving, the heaviest dude in friendship
a good friend, will give everything for his buddy
if people live by the rules, they never steal again 
but unfortunately, some people want everything for themselves and this is very bad 
we have to do something to tame people 
Taming means…. creating Love
and thats the only way leading to god, this is very important.
.
Marmoolak (The Lizard) 2004
Whether she is elevated to the status of a goddess or reduced to the level of a prostitute, the designation is degrading, for he does the naming, whereas her experience as a woman is trivialized and distorted. Metaphorically, she is of the highest importance; practically she is nothing. She has no autonomy, no status as a character, for her person and her story are shaped to meet the requirement of his vision. She is thus constructed as beauty, eroticism, fecundity—the qualities the male Self values most in the female Other
Gender In African Women’s Writing by Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi  (via stopfetishisingafricanwomen)

(via beautiesofafrique)

benepla:

WHY YOU SHOULD GO WATCH WADJDA RIGHT NOW IMMIDIETLY
takes place in saudi arabia
all characters muslim
really, really well written. it’s essentially a slice-of-life comedy about a 10-year-old-girl trying to save up enough money to buy a bike, and the roadblocks she hits while doing so.
all the characters, most of which are women, are fleshed-out, enjoyable, and given their own seperate character arc. every single arc just hits it right on the head. it’s basically a cast of well-written, well-acted muslim characters.
first saudi arabian feature film to be directed by a woman
it’s funny. like, really fucking funny.
oh my god.
go watch wadjda.
here
here i even have a link you can watch it right now
there is literally no reason to watch this perfect fucking film right now
if you like well written comedies with a mostly-female, all-muslim, all person-of-color cast, just watch this ok
i’M NOT K IDDING SOMEONE WATCH WADJDA SO THEY CAN TALK ABOUT IT WITH ME

benepla:

WHY YOU SHOULD GO WATCH WADJDA RIGHT NOW IMMIDIETLY

(via mimicryisnotmastery)

dynamicafrica:

Tunisian artist Meriem Bouderbala combines a variety of skills and mediums including photography, painting, installation and video, using canvas, paper, glass and textiles, to create her dynamic works of art that seek to merge Eastern and Western sensibilities around the representation of the body and thus regain “the point where the human figure is both flesh and signs.”“

Most of the above pieces are taken from her 2008 series Bédouine.

October: Highlighting African Art & African Artists

(via beautiesofafrique)

i will return home to five graves
with a foreign accent
i will kneel and greet each of them
waiting for them to bless me
i will return home to five graves
sitting where i was once
just a little girl
i will imagine her dancing to welcome me
offering me roasted yam and peppered palm oil
i will remember their smiles
she will remember me
even with my foreign accent
she will still speak Igbo
but
i will return home to five graves
to ancestors who held me as a baby
telling me who i was once in my former life
but
i will return home to five graves
with a foreign accent
where Obianuju means
she came in abundance
i will return home
as half eaten love poems
never a foreigner
always the daughter of her people.
Ijeoma Umebinyuo (via theijeoma)

(via dynamicafrica)

androphilia:

Massa Village, Chad, Circa 1930

androphilia:

Massa Village, Chad, Circa 1930

(via beautiesofafrique)

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