Thursday, July 25, 2013

BE WHICH AFRICA

Loving the Al Jazeera series - Artscape: The New African Photography. A series which they say "profiles six African artists determined to take back control of how their continent is portrayed".

"perspective |pərˈspektiv|nounthe art of drawing solid objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other when viewed from a particular point: [ as modifier ] a perspective drawing. See also linear perspective and aerial perspective.• a picture drawn in such a way, esp. one appearing to enlarge or extend the actual space, or to give the effect of distance.• a view or prospect.• Geometry the relation of two figures in the same plane, such that pairs of corresponding points lie on concurrent lines, and corresponding lines meet in collinear points.a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view: most guidebook history is written from the editor's perspective.• true understanding of the relative importance of things; a sense of proportion: we must keep a sense of perspective about what he's done."  
Borrowed from my Mac dictionary :) lazy I know.

If there are over a billion Africans then surely there must be just as many 'Africas'. Not to mention all the other Africas not necessarily seen through a local lens or perhaps from a resident lens or a tourist lens or a top-down-cavalry-is-here lens or a I've-fallen-in-love-with-the-sunsets-&-I'm-never-leaving lens (we could be here all day) and if we are all products of our environments - whether we are running away from or towards what we've been conditioned to 'know' or what we've learnt, its still a part of our social and political and yes, environmental barometer.

I'm not one to take myself too seriously, I don't have the constitution for it. I much prefer asking questions to giving answers, all that 'knowing' is heady stuff. So today I'm watching and listening which sometimes is the best way for me to ask a question without saying anything at all ARTSCAPE DOCUMENTARIES HERE


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