Nourishing Communities

By Prof. George Kent November 2018 – There are many guidelines for dealing with specific nutrition problems (No Wasted Lives Coalition; 2018; World Health Organization 2013; 2016). Often treatments are delivered by specialists through community-based nutrition programs. Some are initiated and designed by outside experts and are community-based only in terms of their geographic location. Some community-based programs involve local...

Cache of long-lost photos found in abandoned bathroom reveal secrets of Frida Kahlo’s life

PHOTO: The fixed gaze of Frida Kahlo’s painted self-portraits evolved from taking and posing for photos. (Frida Kahlo Museum: Guillermo Kahlo)       They are images that shed new light on the private life of the world’s most famous female artist. But hundreds of photographs belonging to Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, on show at the Bendigo Art Gallery from this week,...

Museum of Black Civilisations in Dakar to foster the ‘dialogue of cultures’

A museum showcasing black heritage from the dawn of time to the modern era has opened in the Senegalese capital Dakar. The opening came as African countries press harder for the restitution of artwork from their former colonial masters — and as France made its first steps in that direction, pledging to return artworks to Benin. The Museum of Black...

Designs for life: the Guatemalan women fighting for rights to their textiles

Beautiful handwoven Mayan textile designs are often copied by foreign designers and mass produced. It amounts to intellectual property theft, say the Mayan women who are fighting back In May 2016, the organisation took a motion to Guatemala’s constitutional court, seeking protection for indigenous textiles. In November of the same year, it proposed a legislative reform to existing laws, such...

Realising the potential of art for peace-building

There is still little documentation of how art creates social and personal change. We must develop this language, argues Charlotte Onslow Every morning news bulletins wake me to a violent global reality. This morning it was “Libya’s slide into anarchy and its threat to Europe’s security”. But on some days I pass up current affairs programmes for music, any music....

The rock’n’roll rebel of Afghanistan

A new documentary celebrates Ahmad Zahir, the ‘60s and ‘70s icon who mysteriously died in 1979. Arwa Haider talks to the people making the film, including Zahir’s daughter, about how the singer combined popularity with protest.   By Arwa Haider There is some dream-like footage online of a 1970s gig at Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel, showing an energetic figure leading a...

The art of dissonance: dissecting the language of Donald Trump By IZZY GOLDSTEIN

Modes of communication which allow for compromise are being deliberately delegitimised. Donald Trump on the campaign trail in 2016. Credit: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 2.0. “Every word has consequences, every silence too.” Jean Paul Satre’s famous epithet was a popular feature of news headlines when a wave of bombs were sent to high profile Liberals at the...

Art Therapy: Refugees in Ugandan Camp Using Drawing and Drama to Heal Trauma

The Nakivale Refugee Settlement is home to more than 94,000 refugees, many of whom experienced trauma before they escaped from conflicts in nearby countries. The camp’s only entrepreneur network, Opportunigee, is now behind new programs using art therapy to help transform the lives of refugees, especially children. Patricia Lindrio, Reporter   — Photo at top: Telesphore Ndayishimye, a teacher at...

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