We bring back Open Street Performance(OSP) Fr. 20.0702018... It all about traditional and contemporary dance, entertain people but also showing our culture and educate the society about different topics.
Last night at the Private View of @omar_viktor's first UK solo exhibition; "Liberty/Diaspora" was deeply moving to say the least.
Curated by, and held at @autographabp in collaboration with @galerie_magnin_a, Omar's stunning body of work reimagines and portrays leading figures from across the African diaspora who have fought for liberty and have lived truly inspirational lives.
I cannot encourage you all enough to attend this exhibition at @autographabp showing now between 20 July - 3 November.
Bravo, Sir! @omar_viktor •
Take a breath, Slow down, Take your time.
--- "There’s no pressure to perform. Going back to Ansel Adams, he said a good year for him was making 12 photographs. I wonder if one of the reasons we don’t take a more mindful approach to our photography is because it would force us to go slower if we did. Consider this your permission to slow down. There’s no pressure. This isn’t a race, though you wouldn’t know it from looking at Instagram. Isn’t it better to make 12 photographs that we truly love, that truly do succeed, and do whatever it is we really want from our work, than to make 100 times that number, always wondering if they’re good?" words David Duchemin.
In these days of cheap and disposable, there is a pressure to constantly create subpar and keep our foot on the paddle. I am finding the need for mindfulness, to pause and not allow the pressure to stress me out. To take a breadth and assess what I am doing and chart where I am going. I am now half way through year and feel the need to press pause or I will loose the year.
From the campaign for New fashion label Safo
Craft and Soul
--- "There is a village in China where thousands of painters make their living together, painting away their days in spartan studios, covered in paint, surrounded by canvases. The village is called Dafen, and it intrigues me because, for all the technical prowess possessed by the painters in that community, it is not known for its art. Not really. That is to say it’s not known for it’s own art. It’s known for being the world’s largest source of counterfeits and copies of art. Want a Mona Lisa but don’t have the 500 million it might cost you? You can get one in Dafen for a handful of dollars, relatively speaking. And it’ll be a very good copy. But is it art, and was it made by an artist?" - David Duchemin
So art is obviously more than technique and imitation, it requires a soul in the midst. It is made up of you, your hands and the journey it's been on, your eyes, your interpretation, your intuition.
We learn and master our craft but in the journey that is just the beginning of our story, we have to learn to unpack our souls and be vulnerable. That's the real essence of it. We have to pour ourselves all over the print or the canvas in a way that is raw, honest and naked. And that is hard, believe me I am trying. Dafen is obviously a good plan to learn but it won't make you the artist you are meant to be.
--- From the campaign for New fashion label Safo
Advice from a Gallery owner
--- I would encourage younger artists to relax and make work and not worry about the fame and the fortune. A lot of artists are too aggressive; they don’t understand how to interact with someone without it being about them. Some photographers need to learn that when I ask, “Hi, how are you?” I’m not interested in a sales pitch. I can look at your work and tell you almost immediately if I’m interested or not.
Self promotion is tricky. When I walk around, I don’t tell every person I meet, “I’m Catherine Edelman and I have a gallery in Chicago and I’d love to show you the work I represent.” But that’s what a lot of artists end up doing, and they don’t understand how difficult that is for the people around them! You need to be respectful and follow up when you’re offered an opportunity.
I would say, being personable is half the battle. When I meet someone and enjoy having a conversation with them, that’s when I’ll take a moment to look up their work. Because for me, it all has to be there: you have to have a vision, the work has to be powerful, it has to have deep meaning, and I have to enjoy working with you. The people who are successful, they’re the full package. So work on becoming the full package.
From interview with Catherine Edelman @edelmangallery on LensCulture
From Safo lookbook
--- This photograph, is a beautiful by-product is a beautiful collaborations. Whatever you see in my work is the hard work of talented individuals that I share a connection with even if it’s for a brief period in time.
As much as photography is about light, emotion and shutter speeds, it’s also about very important non-photographic skills that make us a joy to work with; love, respect, curiousity, patience, kindness, and off course the ability to create moments of fun.
So creating what I create is a beautiful process of collaboration and connection which I am thankful for in every respect. The people I have worked with enrich me and the work I create and I am thankful for the individuality that exists within you.
Thank you for collaborating my talented friends muse @moniasseartistmuse
and artwork by @vixharrisart --- #love#asiko#photography#style#portrait#portraiture#african#conceptual#colour#africaninspired#womanhood#africanartist#woman#africancontemporaryart#colours#africanrenaissance
Looking at Patriarchy and it’s intersection with womanhood. --- Thank you to everyone who came down to the exhibition on Saturday, I appreciate you very much. The exhibition ‘Conversations + The Woman Code’ runs till this Friday 15th June at the Gallery of African Art @galleryofafricanart in Mayfair, 45 Albermarle street, London, W1S 4JL. ---
Why did I create the work?
A few years ago I was moved by the story of one of my work colleagues from Somalia. She recounted how when she was 13 she had undergone the procedure of female genitalia mutilation. Her story was like a gut punch when I heard it and it led to project ‘Conversations’ which is on show at the exhibition. As a creator I feel it’s very important to listen to your heart and create something that you feel.
It was harrowing that about 200 million women living today have undergone these cultural institutionalised procedures. For me, my culture is beautiful but like any society it has to evolve. ---
The exhibition is free to enter and closes on the 15th June. ---
Also on display is The Woman Code where I transferred Adire symbols on the female form. Adire was once used as a symbolic resistance to patriarchal rule in Yoruba land.
Image àsírí aládìre
Muse Aminat Ayinde
Styling Elizabeth Ajomale