This image above depicts the immediate aftermath after protestors in Chapel Hill toppled the Silent Sam monument. The meaning of having a statue of a confederate soldier on a public university campus carries more weight due to the “meanings produced within dynamics of social power and ideology” (Sturken and Cartwright, Practices of Looking, pg 37). Those who protested the monument saw the statue as a vehicle through which confederate, racist ideology was furthered, and put on a pedestal. Silent Sam stood in the front of the University, allowing the confederate ideologies associated with the monument to act as a symbol of the university.
In his essay, “All The Monuments Must Fall”, Nick Mirzoeff writes, “When statues fall, it opens the way to re-thinking the infrastructures of racial hierarchy”. The event depicted in the photo opened a dialogue about how symbols of white supremacy can be harmful when placed on a pedestal, particularly in the context of a public university. This image depicts the fallen statue surrounded by white police officers, who are tasked with protecting the confederate monument. Mirzoeff also says, in regards to the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, “Monuments like Lee’s naturalize the connection between the extreme right between white supremacy and war”. This connection represents the ideology that these confederate statues are perpetrating. The naturalization of these ideologies is dangerous for modern society, and are not appropriate for a public college campus. When Silent Sam was toppled, the protestors were aiming to remove confederate ideologies from their university.
Image credits to Aljazeera, 2018
the ming lamp passed on to julia vinograd by her grandfather ..as little girls, julia & her sister thought the figure in this lamp was *named* ming, & julia made up stories about young ming's life & adventures. she was the poet laureate of berkeley, who walked telegraph avenue daily, blowing bubbles, sitting in her favorite coffeeshops over the years to watch people & write. i saw her often during my teens & early twenties; i started reading her poetry in high school. part two, a throwback to sculptural dedication created by mark bullwinkle which makes its home in one of the bay area's greatest record stores, still watching, likely spinning yarns with the mad monk himself. julia died last night, off to her own greatest adventure after 75 years of this earthbound one, but is as much part of berkeley's dna as berkeley is part of mine. her first bubbles were blown during the people's park uprising of 1969 in hopes of shifting the atmosphere that day -- sometimes that really is all it takes. i hope she's blowing bubbles in jim morrison's face right now; lord knows those two have a ton of notes to compare. ("were we all crazy? mostly we were friends, & with friends it's not a pertinent question.") #madwomen#poetry#ideologies#sidewalkstories#madeintheeastbay#foginmyveins#culture#roots#berkeley#rasputinrecords#theavenue#thebubblelady#fivetoone
People of Port Ayas: meet Naya 🍁
Naya found that we tend to identify with ideologies based on preconceived notions rather than their actual theories. She has dismantled her identity through the means of essays and poetry and pieced it back together to craft a more authentic version of herself. Naya spends her time in Port Ayas establishing a greenhouse and developing an app to ease community planning and communication.
Enjoying such discussions with my students, and happy to see them develop a deeper cultural insight and a better critical sense..
We were discussing ideologies in movies.. For me, and as a personal standpoint, I adopt the conviction put eloquently by Dalai Lama: "We do not need to believe in an ideology. All that is necessary is for each of us to develop our good human qualities. The need for a sense of universal responsibility affects every aspect of our modern life"
For #ideologies can be brainwashing..Let's just have a rational sense, an open heart, and universal values, or else the world can turn into an ugly "fight club" that can diverge hideously into a "mayhem project"! #teaching
Got a serious case of INSPIR-ANIA! Inspired by some amazing individuals I met on Saturday's @1nestepuk LET'S TALK session. I just wanted to congratulate the amazing amazing peeps at 1NE STEP.
All it literally does take is one step!
Finally a space for people to speak out and discuss topics that are close to them. I attended their session on Saturday and it was a roller-coaster of emotions, I must say. Just hearing these stories were heart-wrenching, kudos and a big well done to all those who have lived it and come out to tell others about their ordeal.
From topics surrounding mental health and how accessible help is out there, how traditional mosque teachers and their methods may be out of touch, and even feeling so low and attempting to end it all as a result of cyber-bullying. How amazing are these survivor's stories?! These strong people speaking out about their experience and countering cultural taboos.
We're all making a stand together. A stand against existing ideologies and stereotypes. A shift in mentality and thinking. You can't do something about everything. But let's do something about something.
A phrase that stuck with me thanks to @_akr1 "Teach through Love not through Fear" ❤️ Thank you @1nestepuk @sktvukfoundation @sktvuk @thecityretreat and all who attended💕
I was once at a friend's place in Delhi and she had these cool posters in her bathroom.
When I asked her why in the bathroom?? She replied because that's one place people are in their true selves and stripped and it's there they think the most.
Feminist Bathrooms be like!!!!! #smashpatriarchy#feminist#ideologies#breakstereotypes
Hey there! I write this to know what you think about the exhibition at Mudec in Italy of Bansky's works. I think it's a contradiction to pay an exhibition that goes against the ideologies of the artist. The works were torn from their context, which without it lose their meaning. I understand that traveling around the world is not for everyone, especially for me, but the world is beautiful for this, if we had all the wonderful boxes in a room, what would we live? What do you say? Have a good life!
P.S. Obviously, let's do what you want! And if you want a print, or a poster, instead of buying them somewhere, I point out the official Bansky blog from which you can download all his works and make them print, do not sell them eh! #mudecmilano#banksy#exhibition#streetart#art#world#freeart#context#ideologies#wonderful#wonderfuloftheworld#life