This My Life. This My Art is a celebration of identity through the lens of AFROFUTURISM. Produced over 15 weeks of workshops, and launching with identifying idols and capturing similarities to one another, the group used material from photography sessions to then work through a progression of visual disciplines in search of expressing their optimal future self. The art and the conversations reflect individuality, societal perceptions, and the future outlook of each self and of each other.
The public exhibitoin and celebration was held at Central Library, and has a permanent home at the Dane County Neighborhood Intervention Program headquarters in Madison, WI.
Thank you FAISAL ABDU'ALLAH and the many other artists, educators, activists and funders who made this exhibit possible, including:Rob "Rob Dz" Franklin Amadou Kromah Carlos Gacharna David Gutkowski Devon Hamilton Maeve Leslie Jonathan Byxbe Carlee Latimer Trent Miller Glass Nickel Pizza Buraka Ethiopian Cuisine Dane County Neighborhood Intervention Program Madison Public Library Foundation UW Arts Institute Madison Arts Commission Leila & Mickey Straus Family Foundation EPIC Software Scooter Software
This My Life. This My Art. is about the journey of finding one's self. The semester included several projects centered around the idea that everyone is a hero, with students using several art forms and technologies to express themselves.
PAINTING IDOLS with Faisal Abdu'Allah and Rob Dz in the Bubbler Room at Central Library to kick off the semester looking outward.
PHOTOGRAPHY with Amadou Kromah at Central Library to shift the focus inward.
SCREEN PRINTING with Faisal Abdu'Allah and his UW graduate assistants, Maeve Leslie and Jonathan Byxbe, in the print labs at UW Madison's Humanities Building.
PATTERN MAKING with Carlos Gacharna in the Bubbler Room at Central Library to discuss the diaspora of cultures around the world.
GRAFFITI with David Gutkowski in the Bubbler Room at Central Library to learn another form of timeless expression.