Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Global South Updates

Our Belize Affiliate Savant Joan Duran Reflects on Western Art Modalities Encountering Global South Realities at DAK’ART 2018...


...in this this stunning text and image rumination>> 

New Danish Monument by Jeanette Ehlers and La Vaughn Belle Memorializes Virgin Islands Slave Revolt Leader Mary Thomas

Few remember that the Virgin Islands was once a Danish colony, but our friend, Danish artist of Trini descent Jeannette Ehlers, teamed up with Virgin Islands artist La Vaughn Belle to create a 23 feet tall monumental sculpture: I Am Queen  Mary.  Premiered in Copenhagen on March 31st, it is the first large scale public art work based on Denmark’s colonial role in the Caribbean and those who fought against it. Timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sale  of the Virgin Islands to the United States in March 1917, it reflects on Denmark’s slave legacy and its colonial past as it reveals how artists can be leaders in this conversation. Read More>>   See Also: Ehlers' Black Magic at the White House>>

Vodou Curse Hits Human Traffickers in Kingdom of Benin

On March 9, Oba Ewuare II, the traditional ruler of the kingdom of Benin, in southern Nigeria, put a voodoo curse on anyone who abets illegal migration in his domain. The oba has authority over all the spiritual priests in the Benin kingdom. He summoned them to his palace that Friday to make his announcement. David Edebiri, a high-ranking traditional leader, was there, and described what happened during the ceremony. First the oba “released all those bound by juju.” Then he put a curse on the head of any priest who makes “any concoction for anybody with a view to promoting any immigration to any part of the world.” This curse, Mr. Edebiri “manifests in various ways: Some may die mysteriously, some may go mad in the street...” More>>


Portraits of Influence in Spanish New Orleans, 1785-1802 by Jose de Salazar y Mendoza / Ogden Museum. "Ultimately, it was New Orleans' global, often exotic citizenry that made it such a rich milieu for portrait painters and nowhere is that more evident than in Salazar's portrait of Marianne Celeste Dragon, a Creole of French and Greek ancestry whose charismatic presence epitomized the social mutability of this city's unusually prominent mixed race community. Swathed in blue silk and pearls, she lives on as a kind of Louisiana Mona Lisa, mysterious not for her coyness, but because she appears so completely at ease with who she was, in a place and time unlike any other..." More>>