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BRONX:AFRICA

Online Exhibition

FEATURED ARTIST


Olaniyi R. Akindiya known as Akirash, Originally from Nigeria, i am a multidisciplinary artist. For the last 15 years, he has 3 International Awards, 7 Grants, he has been featured in more than 10 solo shows, 50 group exhibitions, 28 performances, 20 artist residencies, he has been invited in many higher institutions has visiting Artist and has been written about in more than 60 articles and publications.

My work focuses on moments of time, fleeting moments that can be easily forgotten or transformed. My work reflects on rural versus urban life, the accelerated pace of development, and social infrastructure. I explore the personal and the universal, investigating the invisible systems of power that govern everyday existence.
 

Kenny Anderson, is a native of the Bronx, and graduate of DeWitt Clinton HS. He studied Music and Art at the Burger JHS/South Bronx Drama Theater, alongside Willie Colon.  Kenny is a photographer who has been recording African musical performances, and African-American Performance Arts since 1979. Much of is work is centered around immigrant musicians in New York, who have emigrated or are visiting for performances.

This Collection is titled "Badenya in Bronk's Land." The theme is the reality of "Kinship" in the "Bronx" as enunciated in combined vocabulary of "Mande'kan" and "English." Kinship is a very important social concept, binding related humanity to a code of civility and support. This is best evidenced and reinforced in he musical presentation of "Jali'ya," the art form that musically reminds all listeners of their Familial relationships and social responsibilities. This valuable group of musicians known as "Jali'u" are mistakenly known as "Griots" to English language speakers, a derivative of the French word pronounced "Grio" which has it's origins in the African term "Gri'Gri" meaning a Sorcerer's tool. With the Mande Migration comes the History and Glory of the Mali Empire which is a critical part of World History, yet to be absorbed by Americans of any ethnicity.
It is very important that these misconceptions, about immigrants and their misconceptions about America, be corrected and clarified. I believe that exposure to the positive and festive experiences goes a long way in enhancing communication and cooperation between disparate language and cultural groups.

   
 

Ray Felix, is a Bronx native born in 1973, he is a graduate of the School of Visual arts Class of 1999/ 2000. His comics include, " "Bronx Heroes 2.0: Black Power", "Enter:The Roach", "Runaway Slave" "The Adventures of Baron Ambrosia", "Mawa: Keeper of the Ankh" and "A World Without Superheroes".  Ray Felix is also the Executive Director of the community based organization, Bronx Heroes Comic Con, which promotes literacy and education through the practice of reading and creating comics.  Felix has also been an arts educator for 21 years.


There images are from my first visit to Dakar, which is in Senegal. While there teaching as a guest artist in an art exhibit at the US Embassy, I meet hundreds of school children visiting the exhibit. While there I taught several classes with a team of artists and writers. Using my cell phone I photographed my time in Africa and used Photoshop to manipulate the photography along with drawing digitally over each still. As a Bronx native of mixed descent, being in Africa was like coming home. An unknown home that I did not know I had until I was in the thick of it. I was the most connected to the Earth and the people I met and resided with, than I have ever been with anyone else in my whole life. In homage of artist, Richard Linklater, I wanted to create a unique form of digital fine art that would delve into how I felt and how I saw myself and everything around me as a foreigner in Africa. I would like to reproduce these digital images on enlarged canvases, so that people of the Bronx can see the beautiful landscapes and everyday life of contemporary Africans. By doing this, it will demistify the stereotypes associated with Africa, African immigrants that come to America and also open the eyes to Bronxites to show them how similar our roots are. Also , I would love to have red clay on the gallery floor to recreate Africa's red earth. It would be nice to have attendees remove there shoes and feel the earth beneath their feet and to simulate a reconnection to nature transported through my images. A transference from image to self and self to nature is what I hope to achieve and for viewers to be connected to their vulnerabilities and their home, the inner self.

   
 
 
 
 

BRONX:AFRICA

February 3 through May 4, 2016

 

 

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Nontsikelelo Mutiti

Detail from video “Pain Revisited”. 

Pain Revisited project is a collaboration with Dyani Douze


     

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