Almost one year to date since my last post. A lot can happen in a couple years time, since my academic focus as on the title of the blog. It’s still a part of me very much and a part of my progression into new culture studies~ a cultural aspect of my own blood.
For now, I’m keeping the name, Arts of Africa and African Diaspora. The scope will change and subject broaden. My intention is to blog about my experiences and insights into what I’ve done over the last couple years, happenings around me in the present, and where this leads to; as of present I haven’t a mentor or teacher as I usually do, thus entering independent studies.
What I have to offer is more intimate and focused on my family’s town south of Sidon and culture of the South. Less scholarly and more journalistic, some documentary some commentary- still some about ‘arts of Africa and African diaspora’. I am interested to see how this unfolds as I continue to blog and the diasporas intersect. .
As a conclusion to the three year project researching and exhibiting my photographic essay, the completed exhibition, thesis paper and didactic panels, minus three photographic prints, are now in the permanent collection of the Special Collections at University of Memphis. One of the two prints not included in the donation is now housed in the Workers Interfaith Network office in Memphis, TN and the other two were given to the family of the now deceased Mr. Lyles Caldwell, a sanitation worker during the 1968 strike.
Additionally, a facsimile of the photographic essay and exhibition has been accepted into the permanent collection of the Human Rights Education Institute in Couer d’Alene, Idaho.
Link to the Special Collections at University of Memphis: http://www.memphis.edu/libraries/special-collections/index.php
Link to the Human Rights Education Institute: http://hrei.org/other-info/event-images/
I am honored and pleased to have exhibited at C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa in Memphis as part of the 5th annual Black History Month celebration this past February.
For more information see: http://www.memphis.edu/chucalissa/
And to learn more about the African American cultural heritage work of the museum see: http://southwestmemphis.com/
Matt Herron teared up as I led him on a tour of the National Civil Rights Musuem and of his photographs, which were prominently used throughout the recent 28 million dollar renovation. He was so sincere, kind, humble and moved. True beauty
More information: Matt Herron Take Stock Photos
A mural tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as the University of Memphis Tigers on south Third Street in Memphis, TN.
The face of King is distorted with very simple lettering “Dr. King” on the side. Starting with the back of his head, the severe melting and feathering patterns helps to reason why the face is so distorted. Perhaps this image is of the moment the bullet struck Dr. King’s head.
The white color that encircles and invades the space of the portrait can be seen as a representation of his legacy partially consumed by whiteness and whitewashed.
Although, the style and composition could just be a product of an untrained artist, a person who felt inspired to paint a visual reminder of one of the world’s most profound leaders.
The strong, contrasted black on white image pulled me in to the parking lot, empty except for all the loose relics and refuse of life.
Memphis, TN November 25, 2014 – One day after the Grand Jury decision not to indict Officer Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed teen who was shot multiple times with his hands in the air.
#blacklivesmatter #shutitdown #nojusticenopeace #ferguson #michaelbrown
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 1 – 3PM
Presentation by Leila Hamdan at the Memphis & Shelby County Room at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library on preserving family history with photographs and accompanying documentation, as well as, investigating how these family archives can aid historians, scholars, and artists with interpreting history and challenging dominant narratives and collective memories.
I drive by these two buildings every day – cemented and bricked on Vance Avenue in Memphis, TN, between R. S. Lewis and Sons Funeral Home and where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s first memorial service was held, April 5, 1968. The combined images visually represent the transformative and flexible nature of culture and history in Memphis – temporary and adaptable over time.