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"Girl From Benin"  
4/3/14 Posted 4/3/14

The Girl From Benin This painting is the first of 20 paintings I hope to finish this year. A good friend of mine is a missionary in Nigeria and she has been sharing amazing photos with me. I asked if I could work off her photos and start a series of portraits of people from Nigeria and she gracefully gave her approval. Lisa has been in Nigeria for a long time and has some very good stories and experiences. To start this little girl is from Benin, Nigeria and Lisa explained to me….”Th... [more]

A peddler of abnormal pictures   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Viviane Sassen at Nederlands Fotomuseum March 8th, 2014 - June 1st, 2014
Posted 3/26/14

“Shadow is built like a cattle rustler’s dream girl: long-legged, long-armed, long-framed,” writes Moses Isegawa in a story in Flamboya, Viviane Sassen’s 2008 photobook. It’s not hard to recognize the photographer herself in this fictitious character – Sassen is tall, with a model’s figure. Moreover, Isegawa, author of the Abyssinian Chronicles (1998), describes Shadow as “a nomad,” qualifies the photographs she shows him as “abnormal,”... [more]

The perpetual motion of power: Interview with Kudzanai Chiurai  
2/2/14 Posted 2/2/14

Amsterdam, Feb. 2014: You could see almost all visitors of Hauptbahnhof Kassel do a double take when confronted with Kudzanai Chiurai’s contribution to dOCUMENTA(13). Is it a photograph or did I just detect motion? No, yes, no, there’s definitely something stirring, very much slowed down but alive it is. And then the quaintness of what is being shown kicks in. It’s a contemporary African version of The Last Supper with witchdoctors, machine gun wielding rebels, and cool urbani... [more]

Bird Nights  
8/6/13 Posted 8/6/13

Published: 2012 Here is a story. It is true, but it is also full of lies. And small axes, the kind that make tiny cross-hatchings on hearts. 1) A surgeon flayed open my wife’s chest and removed her breast: stiches and staples. This was several years ago. While she sleeps her scar unzips (top tape extension, top stop, slider, pull tab), her flesh unfolding like a sleeping bag. Some nights I only see the corset bones that girdle her lungs, gleaming moon s... [more]

MoCADA Curatorial Fellowship  
Posted 3/20/13

Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts 80 Hanson Pl., Brooklyn, NY 11217 718-230-0492   Deadline: May 7, 2013 by 11:59PM Program Dates: September 12, 2013- June 6, 2014 The  Curatorial Fellowship is designed to immerse young curators of African descent in a rigorous professional training program that will lead them through the conceptual and vocational components of working in the curatorial field.  The schedule consists of three key aspects:... [more]

Biennale Bénin 2012 (Nov. 8, 2012–Jan. 13, 2013)  
10/17/12 Posted 10/17/12

(Excerpt from 'Biennale Bénin' posted on e-flux. Found on Biennial Benin 2012 finds inspiration in the Beninese and African lifestyle, and will highlight the great vitality of the visual arts field, and as well the country’s singular artistic creation. Artistic Director: Abdellah KarroumAssociate Curator for Special Projects: Didier HouénoudéAssociate Curators for Research and Encounters: Olivier Marboeuf... [more]

Art Sold before show opened  
Mark Comon, Jerry Hicks, Lawrence Manning, Janet Milhomme, Eric Raptosh at Cannery Row Studios August 4th, 2012 - August 19th, 2012
Posted 8/4/12

     As many already know, I am curating the all photography group show, "F8 and be there," at Cannery Row Studios in Redondo Beach.      We had an interesting experience while putting the placards by the art tonight (Fri, Aug 2). A woman asked if she could look at the gallery and bought the first piece of art she laid her eyes on. It is one of the 16 photographs from the India Series by Hill Street Studios photographers Lawrence Manning.      If you have time tomorrow, Saturday, Aug 4,... [more]

The First Grader: A Compelling New Film Set in Kenya  
3/31/11 Posted 3/31/11

The First Grader, a new film directed by Justin Chadwick and produced by Richard Harding and Sam Feuer, has been gathering cinema festival awards as it moves towards a May 2011 release. This week The First Grader won the award for best feature film at the Palm Beach Film Festival.I recently attended a pre-release screening of this poignant and transcendent movie set in the Rift Valley in the mountains of Kenya. The First Grader, like Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire, seamlessly combines story and place to cr... [more]

Art Publication 'exotica - exotica N O I R'  
6/6/10 Posted 6/6/10

'exotica - exotica N O I R' - a documentation of my recent exhibition at artSPACE  berlin - can be pre-viewed or purchased on line by clicking on the Book Cover Image. Thanks Jen [more]

'Exotica' art book published  
3/20/10 Posted 3/20/10

Hi there, 'exotica' art publication can be pre-viewed or purchased by clicking on the Cover Image ... Thanks Jen [more]

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