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secondtimevirgin:

Soleil O (Med Hondo, 1967)

"We had our own civilization. We forged iron. We had our popular dances and songs. We were very good at sculpting wood and working iron, spinning cotton and wool, weaving and basketwork. Our commerce wasn’t just barter. We made gold and silver coins. We had pottery and cutlery. We made our own tools and domestic utensils, using brass, bronze, ivory, quartz and granite. We had our own literature. We had our legal terminology, our religion, our science and our teaching methods."

(via blackfilm)

cinemakenya:

theskimminestfeminist:

dynamicafrica:

theblackme:

Nigerian artisan Ojo Obaniyi from Ibadan has applied his skill in weaving in an unusually creative way to advertise his business.

Obaniyi, who has practiced the craft for 20 years, has covered the interior and exterior of his Volkswagen pickup with raffia palm cane, including the entire car body, the wheel caps, chairs, steering wheel and dashboard in an effort to attract attention from passersby.

Obaniyi says of his handiwork:

 ’I wanted to prove a point that it is not only the educated elite that can make positive changes in society. We, the artisans also have talents to
effect a change and make a positive impact in the society.

That is why I decided that I too must do something that will make people to recognize me and know me across the whole world and by extension prove to the world that African and indeed the entire black race have very talented people.’

Dope.

cinemakenya:

I love the work of Ugandan photographer Deo Kyakulagira (1940-2000). From the early 1970s until his untimely death in 2000 he operated several photo studios, among them the Central Art Studio Ltd in Kampala Road. He also worked as photographer for the Ministry of Agriculture and for the Department of Medical Illustration at Mulago Hospital. Find out more here and here.

cinemakenya:

Jackie Nickerson began photographing Zimbabwean farm workers in 1996 as a way to challenge the perception that those who work in African agriculture are disempowered, unmodern people. The resulting series, Farm, focused on the unique and beautiful clothing the workers made for themselves, and by doing so highlighted the worker’s identity, individuality, and ultimately their modernism.

Find out more here.

cine-de-america-latina:

La Playa D.C - Official Trailer with english subtitles

La Playa D.C is a colombian feature film directed by Juan A. Arango and produced by Diana Bustamante from Burning Blue and Jorge Botero from Septima Fims in coproduction with Cinesud Promotion (France), Bananeira Filmes (Brazil) and Hangar Films (Colombia), asocietedassociated with Laboratorios Black Velvet (Colombia).

Selected for the Cannes Film Festival in Un certain Regard section.

Juan Andres Arango’s drama “La Playa D.C.” is now available on VOD via the new platform www.reelhouse.org(an online video community that provides filmmakers complete control to self-distribute content directly to their viewers).  ArtMattan Productions - known for their experienced, careful, patient and caring handling of films in their library, squeezing as much life out of each as possible, ensuring that they are seen as widely and often as their resources allow - acquired all U.S. rights to the film last year.

lashyboyart:

Campesino  (2013)part of a series of stickers I made from brown paper, sharpie, and crayons.this figure represents the traditional campesino outfits of Antioquia, Colombia.  the purple poncho is called a ruana in colombia.it is an andean style poncho particular to colombia. ruana comes from the chibcha language.

lashyboyart:

Campesino  (2013)
part of a series of stickers I made from brown paper, sharpie, and crayons.
this figure represents the traditional campesino outfits of Antioquia, Colombia.  the purple poncho is called a ruana in colombia.
it is an andean style poncho particular to colombia. ruana comes from the chibcha language.

(via latinocaribbeanartists)

la-negrafuerte:

Did the 2nd act to my series I am developing for thesis. It went very well. I gleaned a lot about what my work is doing, now to keep moving forward. Video documentation coming soon.

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Bryana Siobhan

Fall 2014

MFA Thesis Act 2 of 5

(via latinocaribbeanartists)

centralamericacontemporary:

Senalka McDonald | Panamá

Songs of Surrender ‘89 | 2014

McDonald explores the relationship between pop culture and international war in “Songs of Surrender ’89,” a disk set and video performance. In 1989, in an effort to make Panamanian leader, general, and dictator Manuel Noriega surrender, the U.S. military played loud pop-rock music day and night. McDonald covers the 95 songs used, in a salsa-heay style reminiscent of her Panamanian youth.

(Source: The Huffington Post)