Category: Miscellaneous

An Artist for the Moment

Art Hazelwood infuses his work with hard-hitting political commentary. by Paul Von Blum August 1, 2020   One of the strongest artistic responses to the uprisings following the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd comes from San Francisco-based Art Hazelwood, whose trenchant graphic works stand out both for their topical relevance and their timelessness. All art—music, literature, film,...

PRÊTE-MOI TON RÊVE: This contemporary art exhibition in Dakar tackles African migration and reframes colonization By Ciku Kimeria

MUSEE DES CIVILISATIONS NOIRES Siriki Ky’s, Têtes précieuses (Precious heads), sculpted bronze heads piled on a regal red pillow, laments how the continent has forgotten the wisdom from its griots The first work exhibit you come across at the Prête-moi ton rêve (lend me your dream) exhibition in Dakar’s Museum of Black Civilizations might be one of giant matchsticks by Senegalese artist,...

Algeria’s dying art: Berber women with facial tattoos tell their stories

By David Sim First appeared on the net December 30, 2015 A facial tattoo was once considered a sign of beauty among Berber women of the Chaouia (or Shawia) region in eastern Algeria’s Aures mountains. The practice is frowned on today by the country’s majority Sunni Muslim population, as it is Haram (forbidden) to alter one of Allah’s creations. Reuters...

Nonkilling Paradigm

Springer academic publishers has just released the new book The Nonkilling Paradigm: For World Peace and Enlightenment, authored by Dr. Katyayani Singh and Dr. Anoop Swarup, Chair of the Center for Global Nonkilling. This new contribution to the development of nonkilling theory emerged from a doctoral dissertation entitled Nonkilling and Global Peace: A Study of Emerging Paradigms and Prospects, that was defended by Katyayani...

‘‘Women of Allah’ versus Women of Heart – Iran versus USA reality

If Georgia O’Keeffe the American female painter represented a heart of the USA, I am an Iranian female painter representing a heart of Iran. Georgia O’Keeffe carries the soul of a nation while bringing attention to the beauty and sensuality of flowers with her art. I carry the soul of Iran while bringing those beautiful flowers to the heart of...

The Man Who Planted Trees

In our urgency to ‘achieve results’ (or, in reality, perhaps to ‘show results’ to others) we often tend to forget the miracles that slow, consistent and assiduous work can achieve. The Man Who Planted Trees, published in 1953, is a story of a French shepherd, Elzéard Bouffier, who brings about one such miracle. “For a human character to reveal truly...

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