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Barbara Walker

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“Through history male artists have always objectified women. The work tries to subvert that, change that, challenge that. I am not necessarily looking at the men I draw as objects. The work is about taking away the process of objectification. Even though they are anonymous to me I eventually get to know them through the process of drawing, through scrutiny. It is important that the men are unknown to me and that they are anonymous.”
Yvette Greslé interviews Barbara Walker.

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Osaira Muyale

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“I have been looking into my identity for years. From my childhood on until today. I remember that I always felt misplaced, unsafe, insufficient, different, not wanted. I could not understand where I was, or why I was here. I did not know where I belonged to. I felt as if I came with a different purpose in life. I did not understand why and therefore my communication was limited or misunderstood most of the time. I became quiet and speechless.”
Osaira Muyale from Aruba in conversation with Rob Perrée.

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PopCap ’14 Award. African Photography.

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“Photography in Africa is growing in the sense that new publications are coming out featuring work by photographers from the continent, while also various festivals are sprouting and new talents are being featured in the various galleries abroad. Yet as I mentioned, we don’t have adequate institutions that support photography education and without education we will continue to face the challenges of not having quality work that is competitive with the international photo scene”, says Benjamin Füglister of POPCAP ’14 to Jorrit Dijkstra.

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Framer Framed

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“It’s important to question the authority of institutions, to be self-reflective, to be open to criticism and adopt this in the artistic practice, to express multiple voices, and especially to acknowledge people’s different perspectives – and to incorporate this awareness into the stories you present. Bool: “It’s essential to realize knowledge always stems from a certain history, often from the Eurocentric history of science.”
Yasmijn Jarram talks with Josien Pieterse and Cas Bool of ‘Framer Framed’.

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Up Hill Down Hall. Marlon Griffith & Hew Locke

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History shows that villages, cities, as well as countries need a diverse population with varied talents and abilities in order to thrive. The work of artists like Griffith and Locke reflect that concept and remind us of the important role that an engaged citizen can play in their community.
Sasha Dees reports from the Tate Modern performances of Marlon Griffith and Hew Locke.

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