Louvre and Egyptian Remnants

The Louvre is the largest museum in the world. Originally a French Palace, this expansive space stretches for blocks and holds a collection surpassing any other. These photos capture some of my favorite pieces. One of the largest Egyptian collections I’ve ever encountered!

Paris, France

Africentric Habits of Mind

This exhibition is based on doctoral research conducted at National Louis University in 2012.  The goals of research included expanding the knowledge base relative to African Centered practice, helping individuals design culturally grounded strategies to approach public education.  As a visual artist, I found it impossible to not interpret the principles, virtues, and concepts embedded in the Africentric Paradigm through visual arts mediums.  This series of work was not only used to interpret the site visits and field notes that occurred during the study, but to articulate the cognitive, affective and intellectual gains that result from engaging in the African Centered Paradigm.  In addition to visually enhancing the study, this exhibition is critical because artwork expands the research to non-academic audiences.

Since before Ancient Kemet (Egypt), art-making has been a way of knowing, understanding and doing for people of the Diaspora.  This body of work was created to reflect the impact that the arts have had on Ancient Africa and the world.  Articulated in various mediums, each piece is reflective of a unique aspect of history while testing the boundaries of texture, color, and rhythm.  From Queen Hatshepsut, the first queen in the history of humanity, to representations of Chicago’s Bronzeville, each painting offers a unique historical perspective while educating the viewer about a rich history often obscured by Western culture.  The aim of this exhibition is to bring audience and voice to the African Centered Worldview through art-based research.

   

 

 

COLONIALISM AND CULTURE

There are many differences experienced in Asia and even more differences between countries.  Although Hong Kong and Bangladesh are on the same continent, the dichotomies of these cultures are vast. It is really quite hard for me to find similarities other than sharing a continent.  The biggest similarity, however is having been affected by colonialism and foreign rule.  Hong Kong, as mentioned previously is a booming capitalist city which has adopted a very Western style of living. Imperial China only lasted until 1911 when they were forced to open their borders to the world.  After a stint of Japanese occupation, the country was under British rule until 1997.  Less than 20 years of independence is quite evident in street names (Queen’s Highway, Hollywood) and even the name of the highest point and most famous attraction in Hong Kong (Victoria’s Peak).  So what are the long term affects of colonialist rule? We are all to familiar with thatas people of color in the United States.  It is imperative to consider how our mindsets are affected by those who violently impose themselves on the culture of others.