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CARUMA

Diseño: Eneida Tavares 

 Colección de jarrones y contenedores que combinan el arte de la costura y cerámica.  Tavares busca demostrar la posibilidad de una relación entre las técnicas artesanales, los gestos y los hábitos de la vida cotidiana como entrada para recrear un nuevo paisaje a través de objetos y experiencias. La mezcla de formas, texturas y materiales naturales son tan increíble y llamativo que estos objetos estarán en lo más destacado en cada espacio.

Tavares Strachan, ‘Invisible Astronaut Jesus’, 2013

“This neon and glass sculpture represents the cardiovascular system of astronaut Sally Ride shortly after her return to earth. The human body adapts to periods of prolonged weightlessness. When gravity suddenly returns, the blood pools in the lower extremities, and blood pressure drops. This condition is known as orthostatic intolerance. Hanging upside down can cause blood to pool around the heart, a potentially lethal condition. The awkward position shown above helps blood reach the brain without causing pooling around the heart.”

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These are some Filmmakers of African descent we loved in 2013!

1. Steve McQueen for his behemoth 12 Years A Slave. So many things we love about him, but our favorite is his side eye. 

2. Ava Duvernay, award winning filmmaker extraordinaire. From publicists, to black film activator, distributor and director. She even broke Twitter with her Scandal episode. Girl crush!

3. Bradford Young, cinematographer that makes everything look amazing. Mother of George and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints this last year. How can a machine make so much poetry? Someone give this man an award. 

4. Andrew  Dosunmu, photographer turned director, with Mother of George this year. An auteur, leading us into the philosophy of the African aesthetic in film. Everytime, he, without visual effects, turns Brooklyn into an unbelievably gorgeous African city…How?

5. John Ridley, Screenwriter. 12 Years A Slave. Period. 

6. Jahmil Qubeka, director, Of Good Report. This guy burned his passport when his film was banned. The world paid attention, and were not disappointed. What a great little film. Gorgeous black and white picture, and a story that is difficult to ignore or forget.

7. Chika Anadu, Lawyer turned director, winning awards for first feature ’B for Boy’. A grown up, female-driven drama that challenges archetypes for African women and female (mother/daughter) relationships on screen.

8. Frances Bodomo, for the short film that stole our attention ‘Afronauts’. A scifi short with a distinctive visual aesthetic based on the African space race. We can’t wait to see more!

9. Kibwe Tavares, director, Jonah. If you’ve seen this scifi short, set in Dar Es Salaam, and partial commentary on tourism and the environment without sacrificing the entertainment factor. Such great visual effects, notably the whale!!! I cannot wait to see what he does next!

10. Akosua Adoma Owusu, director, Kwaku Ananse. Currently rebuilding and opening the Rex Cinema in Ghana, Akosua’s body of work has the mark of a cinematic force to be reckoned with. All of it thoughtful and deliberate, with a distinctive artistic intention and style, we loved Kwaku this year and can’t wait to see her helm a feature length script.

There are many more filmmakers that made 2013 interesting, including those from the Carribbean, and other diaspora…Reblog with your additions!

Monica

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Hundreds of Colorful Umbrellas in Portugal diana tavares & patricia almeida

The installation of hundreds colorful umbrellas was recently spotted in Agueda, Portugal by photographers Patricia Almeida and Diana Tavares. They float over the heads of pedestrians giving a nice shade and something gorgeous to look. The umbrellas look like they’re magically floating in mid-air, making people walking on the street feel that they are out of a fairy tale.