Jessica Rankin’s new exhibition at the White Cube charts the fleeting impressions of life, depicting thought, feeling and memory to construct vast mind-maps. What could be viewed as mere splotches on a page are complicated by the intersections of words and phrases. Are the shapes of these words really equally as important as their meaning?
Image: Jessica Rankin, Quis Est Iste Qui Venit, 2012. Embroidery on organdie. © the artist. Photo: Christopher Burke, New York. Courtesy White Cube.
Ousmane Sow, a 78-year-old sculptor from Senegal, has made history this year by becoming the first African ever to join France’s Academy of Fine Arts (Academie des Beaux-Arts Paris).
Renowned for his larger-than-life clay sculptures of various subjects ranging from various ethnic groups such as Nouba wrestlers, Peulh, Masai and Zulu peoples, to political figures such as anti-apartheid South African figure Nelson Mandela, revolutionary Haitian independence hero François-Dominique Toussaint Louverture and even French statesman Charles de Gaulle, Sow’s distinct and poignant style of work has led to him become one of the continent’s most well-known and sought after artists.
What an emotional event! From feeling undeserving and unworthy of life or visibility, to today; 12 years later, agreeing to do a project like this, showcasing the body that I once loathed and feared and have since grown to love and embrace, in effect inspiring others to love themselves as well. I am humbled and overwhelmed by the response, I wish I could reach through time and give myself the kind of hug that fills you up from top to bottom. “You’ll make it, Annie. You’ll make it and you’re going to bring so many people with you.” #LadyFestMiami
Art by Yvonne Cordoba
Nigerian artist Joseph Eze’s (b.1979) portrait series deals with the intersection between Nigeria’s politics and the female body. Click the images for the title and date
"I was a really lousy artist as a kid. Too abstract expressionist; or I’d draw a big ram’s head, really messy. I’d never win painting contests. I remember losing to a guy who did a perfect Spiderman."
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Jim Goldberg: Open See
Open See follows refugee and immigrant populations traveling from war-torn, economically devastated and often AIDS-ravaged countries to make new homes in Europe. Goldberg spent four years documenting the stories of Greek refugees from Iraq, Somalia, Congo, Ukraine, Albania, Russia, Ethiopia, Egypt, Bangladesh, Pakistan, China, Sudan, Kenya, Kurdistan, Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Palestine and Moldavia.
Cultures of War: An Essay (2005) - Tunisian Artist EMNA ZGHAL
"Cultures of War" is a book-collage in which Emna explores the manner in which war is portrayed in different academic and fiction literatures from different languages.
"I started writing and the result was something unreadable."
Mirtha Dermisache (1940-2012) from Argentina, practiced asemic writing since the early 1970s. It is a wordless open semantic form of writing. The word asemic means having no specific semantic content. Asemic writing seeks to make the reader hover in a state between reading and looking.