Chino Otsuka : Imagine Finding Me
Chino Otsuka uses photography and video to explore the fluid relationship between the memory, time and photography. At age 10 she moved from Japan to the United Kingdom to attend school. Her experience of becoming familiar with a new place, a different language and new customs while she was developing her adolescent identity has profoundly shaped her work in photography, video and writing. Her series Imagine Finding Me consists of double self-portraits, with images of her present self beside her past self in various places she has visited. As Otsuka says: “The digital process becomes a tool, almost like a time machine, as I’m embarking on the journey to where I once belonged and at the same time becoming a tourist in my own history.” - via AGO
For many Africans, the issue of (im)migration has very real and immediate effects, and often negative consequences, as annually, many individuals from all over the continent risk life and limb to get to greener pastures and supposedly warmer shores.
Now, however, a new Kenyan sci-fi TV drama series seeks to fictionally turn the tables on this reality. Usoni, set in future world, 50 years to come, focuses on the “travel of a couple from the natural disaster stricken Europe to now the now illustrious Africa in 2062. It is a story which focuses on the immigration hurdles of Africans to Europe and looks at how it would be if the reverse were to happen”, says producer Denver Ochieng.
Whilst those of us not in Kenya will not be able to watch the series for now, according to Tech Moran, the plot will be ready for screening on 27th November 2013 at the USIU auditorium open to the students and public.
I love this concept. Fully.
Qabbani - Iranian Artist Golnaz Fathi
An homage to Nizar Qabbani. In this installation, a room was created in The Third Line Gallery (Dubai) in which Golnaz employed to become the space where the work of Nizar Qabbani is appreciated. A return to her signature calligraphy style, and the employment of the poems of Nizar Qabbani and his celebration of love and womanhood highlight the most important components that generate a different set of emotions for the viewers. In addition, Golnaz employed Black and white colors with a hint of red, through paint and rose petals, to depict a heightened emotional capacity of the theme.
Second image found on this Flickr account, and it is a photograph of the floor of the gallery in which the Qabbani series was exhibited at The Third Line gallery in Dubai, UAE.
New York Artist Lorna Simpson Photographed for The Edit “The Interview”
October 17th 2013 Modern Classics Issue
Portraits: Bjorn Iooss
Stylist: Sofia Catania
Production: Peta Bell
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Woman with Radio, 1956 (Seydou Keïta)
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Mother of George (2013) | dir. Andrew Dosunmu
With cinematography by Sundance award-winning Bradford Young and styling by Mobolaji Dawodu,it goes without saying that Andrew Dosunmu's Mother of George is the most sumptuous film you’ll see this year. Although Dosunmu’s new film is more plot-driven than his first Restless City (2010), Mother of George is also impressionistic, privileging the power of gesture to tell a story. Shots of hands working a knife capture the new wife, Adenike’s, pride in the mundane. Later, though we do not hear the precise exchange of words, the camera alights on a neck with tendons strung tight, an arm draped protectively across a stomach.
The film’s opening shots embed us in the exquisite detail and elaborate beauty of a Nigerian wedding in New York. Gorgeous as it is, these opening scenes are pervaded by an atmosphere as laden with the warmth and security of familial love and close-knit community as it is weighted by familial expectation and keenly-policed cultural norms. What unfolds is a story of love, longing, heartbreak and meddling mothers-in-law (it is a Naija film after all!).Watch the trailer below:
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