Kickstarter Campaign: Charlie Phillips presents How Great Thou Art

latinocaribbeanartists:

What is How Great Thou Art?

How Great Thou Art is a sensitive photographic documentary of the social and emotional traditions that surround death in London’s African Caribbean community.

The title for this book and exhibition is borrowed from the popular hymn sung at funerals. The song How Great Thou Art praises the life of an individual, and this project is a declaration of love and celebration for the traditions and cultures of the African diaspora in London.

In his time attending and photographing funerals in his community Charlie has witnessed huge changes and emerging traditions in burial and mourning practices. From the disappearance of bodies lying on dining room tables, to the establishment of black funeral directors and the booming business of burying and celebrating the dead.

How Great Thou Art represents a lifetimes work by Charlie, and the book presents you with a rare opportunity to engage with, learn from, and celebrate these rapidly changing mourning traditions and practices London’s African Caribbean community.

Why we need your help

This is not a commercially viable project; funerals are only big business for undertakers. We hope that by reading this information, watching our videos, and thinking about your own experiences of funerals, you might see the value in exploring and contextualizing the values and traditions that British cultures place upon death, burial and a celebration of life.

Your support for this project through pre-orders or larger pledges will cover the costs of producing a first edition of the book. The book will stand as a permanent legacy for not just Charlie’s work, but importantly for the community he has lovingly documented.

The book can survive in libraries, bookshelves and classrooms for years into the future, revealing the currently untold story of how the African Caribbean community established new traditions for life and death in the London.

This campaign only has 16 days left to reach its goal. Let’s make it happen!

15 days now. Signal boost and/or donate, please! Support Caribbean artists.

Kickstarter Campaign: Charlie Phillips presents How Great Thou Art

What is How Great Thou Art?

How Great Thou Art is a sensitive photographic documentary of the social and emotional traditions that surround death in London’s African Caribbean community.

The title for this book and exhibition is borrowed from the popular hymn sung at funerals. The song How Great Thou Art praises the life of an individual, and this project is a declaration of love and celebration for the traditions and cultures of the African diaspora in London.

In his time attending and photographing funerals in his community Charlie has witnessed huge changes and emerging traditions in burial and mourning practices. From the disappearance of bodies lying on dining room tables, to the establishment of black funeral directors and the booming business of burying and celebrating the dead.

How Great Thou Art represents a lifetimes work by Charlie, and the book presents you with a rare opportunity to engage with, learn from, and celebrate these rapidly changing mourning traditions and practices London’s African Caribbean community.

Why we need your help

This is not a commercially viable project; funerals are only big business for undertakers. We hope that by reading this information, watching our videos, and thinking about your own experiences of funerals, you might see the value in exploring and contextualizing the values and traditions that British cultures place upon death, burial and a celebration of life.

Your support for this project through pre-orders or larger pledges will cover the costs of producing a first edition of the book. The book will stand as a permanent legacy for not just Charlie’s work, but importantly for the community he has lovingly documented.

The book can survive in libraries, bookshelves and classrooms for years into the future, revealing the currently untold story of how the African Caribbean community established new traditions for life and death in the London.

This campaign only has 16 days left to reach its goal. Let’s make it happen!

Louisiane Saint Fleurant

Woman with Birds, 1994. Oil on canvas, 20 x 24 in.

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Louisiane Saint Fleurant
Flore a l’arbre de vie, n.d. Acrylic on board, 60 x 60 in.
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Louisiane Saint Fleurant

Flore a l’arbre de vie, n.d. Acrylic on board, 60 x 60 in.

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Louisiane Saint Fleurant (1924-2005) was a Haitian painter and one of the founders of the Saint-Soleil art movement. 

In 1972 she began working as a cook in the art colony of Saint-Soleil in the mountains above Petionville. Inspired by the art she saw around her, she began to paint, and eventually became one of the best-known of the Saint-Soleil painters. She also made and painted small ceramic figures which she sold from her modest house on the Rue Magny, bordering the Petionville market. In 1989 she was a founding member of “Cinq Soleils”, a group that included former Saint Soleil artists Prospere Pierre-Louis, Levoy Exil, Denis Smith and Dieuseul Paul. The early 1990’s were marked by personal tragedy as three of her children died in a five year period , including her son Stivenson Magloire who was an internationally known painter. He was stoned to death by personal enemies on October 9, 1994 during the chaos surrounding the return of Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Stivenson was 31 years old. Her one surviving son, Ramphis Magloire, is also a well-known painter as is one of her daughters, Magda Magloire. Louisianne suffered a stroke around 1997 but recovered sufficiently to resume painting her brightly colored pointilistic portraits of people and vodou spirits.

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Louisiane Saint Fleurant (1924-2005) was a Haitian painter and one of the founders of the Saint-Soleil art movement. 

In 1972 she began working as a cook in the art colony of Saint-Soleil in the mountains above Petionville. Inspired by the art she saw around her, she began to paint, and eventually became one of the best-known of the Saint-Soleil painters. She also made and painted small ceramic figures which she sold from her modest house on the Rue Magny, bordering the Petionville market. In 1989 she was a founding member of “Cinq Soleils”, a group that included former Saint Soleil artists Prospere Pierre-Louis, Levoy Exil, Denis Smith and Dieuseul Paul. The early 1990’s were marked by personal tragedy as three of her children died in a five year period , including her son Stivenson Magloire who was an internationally known painter. He was stoned to death by personal enemies on October 9, 1994 during the chaos surrounding the return of Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Stivenson was 31 years old. Her one surviving son, Ramphis Magloire, is also a well-known painter as is one of her daughters, Magda Magloire. Louisianne suffered a stroke around 1997 but recovered sufficiently to resume painting her brightly colored pointilistic portraits of people and vodou spirits.

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reclaimingthelatinatag:

Shizu Saldamando is Japanese-Mexican artist based out of Los Angeles, California. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles, for her undergraduate work and received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Her work often revolves around race, gender, ethnicity, and sexual identity.

Her pieces featured here include (click individual image for more detail):

1) Irina and Ami / Las Tres Adelitas, 2009. Color pencil and collage on paper, 30 x 49 inches.

2) Cat and Carm, oil, gold leaf on found screen, 32x64 inches

3) Soni, Looking at Art, Blue ball point pen on Canvas, 24 x 48 inches

4) La Otra Gerry, gold leaf, washi paper, oil paint, on wood, 5x3 feet

5)Ripples, Long Beach, ball point pen on bed sheet, 178 x 249 cm

Click here to visit Shizu’s webpage for more of her art and further information.

 

latinocaribbeanartists:

Irka Mateo and Paloma García Minard 

Deminan Karakarakol Teaser, 2014. Animation, 1:50 min.

SINOPSIS: En los tiempos en que los Dioses y Semi-Dioses Tainos vivian en el mundo etereo , Itiba Kaubaba moria de parto al dar a luz a cuatrillizos. Uno de sus hijos, Deminan KaraKaraKol, se convierte en el heroe que, con sus andanzas y travesuras, preparara el mundo para que los Tainos nazcan y vivan en la tierra.
Basado en “Relacion de las Antiguedades de los Indios”, Fray Ramon Pane, 1498.

Si tiene alguna idea de como conseguir fondos para la realizacion de esta pelicula por favor contactar a Irka Mateo a cortodeminan@gmail.com. Gracias

SYNOPSIS: In the days when Tainos Gods and Semi-Gods lived in the ethereal world, Itiba Kaubaba died, while giving birth to quadruplets. One of her sons, Deminan KaraKaraKol, became a hero when, through his adventures and mischief, he managed to prepare the world for Tainos to be born and live on earth.
Based on “An account on the Antiquities of the Indians”, Fray Ramon Pane, 1498.

If you have ideas for funding the realization of this film please contact Irka Mateo at cortodeminan@gmail.com. Thank you

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Let’s make this animated film into a reality!

gaksdesigns:

Artist Chiara Bautista

A.D. Scott Exhibition 10 Years After His Death

niaking:

What do these artists all have in common? You can find interviews with them in my new book Queer and Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of Our Lives! Co-edited by Jessica Glennon-Zukoff and Terra Mikalson, this book is the first of it’s kind, a unique collection of interviews with political writers and artists such as Janet Mock, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Magnoliah Black (1st photo), Kiam Marcelo Junio (2nd photo), Lovemme Corazón, (3rd photo), Ryka Aoki, Nick Mwaluko, Fabian Romero, Van Binfa, Micia Mosely, Miss Persia, Daddie$ Pla$tik and more. Available for pre-order now!