"~Oakland is coming up on a renaissance & I want to bring modern Middle Eastern art/experience into the convo via photography & international collaborations~"
Hawa @ browntourage has always been an avid supporter and friend of Shademag. We love to see her shine and continue to inspire us all !
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Calling on all tumblrs, bloggers, friends and fans! We’re raising money for Hawa’s residency at an Oakland gallery surveying and mediating contemporary Middle Eastern identity, art practice, thinking, and stories. Check out her Indiegogo for more information, the tumblr to ~submit your work~ to be included in the final show July 31st, and the event page if you want to attend open studios or closing parties.
“Mashallah,” an Arabic phrase of praise and protection, is the departure for photographer and writer, Hawa’s, journey for her July residency at B4BEL4ND Gallery in Oakland. She hopes to create a space from the collective imagination of Middle Eastern artists, thinkers, storytellers, and creators of all sorts. This platform will showcase original submissions of art, writing, photography, design, and personal essays from all over the world. Culminating in an underground party with DJs and live acts, we will celebrate this platform on screen alongside physical pieces at the gallery. This project was born out of a desire to gather and amplify the voices of the Middle Eastern diaspora, to challenge the depiction of Middle Eastern people in media post-911, and the commodification of Middle Eastern culture (script, veil, adornment).”
I was so happy when I came across Laz Huntiez and even happier when I found out they designed and sold Selena & Aaliyah inspired art. Quickly they became one of my favorite queer, xicanx artists and I now proudly own this Como la Flor Tee & an Amor Prohibido Sweater. Purchase unique, beautiful pieces here:
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-Apryl SHADEMAG, 2014
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Top photo reads: Over the Borderline Americana-Inspired Prints & Patterns
Bottom photo reads: HERITAGE For the quirky prep. She’s classic but unconventional, and lives for subtle statements. Comfort and clean lines are key. Her wardrobe is adorned with signature staples but she’s not afraid to add a pop of print. She packs the borrowed-from-the boys look with a punch.
It’s been less than 24 hours that I’ve arrived in the U.S. and I’ve already been bombarded by several racist situations.
CEMENT ECLIPSES @ CHIAPAS MEXICO
Artist Isaac Cordal (tumblr / facebook) - “With the simple act of miniaturization and thoughtful placement, Isaac Cordal magically expands the imagination of pedestrians finding his sculptures on the street. Cement Eclipses is a critical definition of our behavior as a social mass. The art work intends to catch the attention on our devalued relation with the nature through a critical look to the collateral effects of our evolution. With the master touch of a stage director, the figures are placed in locations that quickly open doors to other worlds. The scenes zoom in the routine tasks of the contemporary human being”.
I recently went to see Damian John Harper’s debut film, Los Ángeles, at the LA Film Festival. The film’s subject matter sparked my interest as it dealt with the Zapotec community in the village of Santa Ana del Valle. My mother is a Zapoteca de Oaxaca so a lot of the imagery and themes hit close to home for us. Los Ángeles depicts the hardship of indigenous migration to the U.S. in hopes of providing for family back home. A story about a young man unfolds as he becomes involved in gang activity thinking this will assure his safety in the states. After seeing Harper speak I was disappointed that this film had not been conceptualized and directed by a person of color. Harper is an American, Colorado born anthropologist who took interest in the people of Oaxaca. White people’s inclination to document indigenous communities is something I see far too often. Despite Harper’s background I was pleased to see the representation of actual Zapotec voices as those in the film were not trained actors and instead people of the community in Santa Ana del Valle. I saw my family in a lot of the people on screen and overall it dealt with realities that otherwise do not get represented. Though I take issue with the dynamic between white anthropologists and indigenous communities the film made me nostalgic for Oaxaca and reminded me how blessed I am to be brown. It encourages me to document my mother’s story and continue to fight for the rights of my roots.
For more information on the film visit http://www.losangeles-film.com/index.html
RASHAAD NEWSOME // Shade Compositions
This piece was featured at SFMOMA in 2012 and inspired Azha and me to name our online zine Shade. Black women are often stigmatized because of their self expression. Shade Compositions explores women of color vernacular and the appropriation of their “sassy” expression as a global language. The 2012 iteration of this performance includes local WOC artists as well as drag performers. Presentation of this piece focuses on the evolution of the African American community in the bay area and how queer culture has drawn from methods of shade and reading.
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Apryl’s Favorite Photographers of Color Part I
I’ve had the good fortune of being acquainted with beautifully inspiring artists of color on this website over the past few years. Among all these amazing people are a few photographers I’d like to share with you. This installment features work by Jazmin Jones and Albrica Tierra.
SHADEMAG at Blood Orange in San Francisco
Photos taken by Azha Luckman