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Wednesday, 18 September 2013


  • The sample of Laura Anderson, composed of 64 pieces, opened with a parade of stilt walkers through the historic center that attracted hundreds of people
With a performance and parade groups zanqueros The Zancudo, Zaachila (Oaxaca), the Brooklyn Jumbies (New York) and members of Pro-Alternate Theatre (Mexico City), the exhibition opened to the public Transcomunalidad. interventions and collaborations with stilt communities and craftsmen ,Laura Anderson Barbata, in the Museum of the City of Mexico , at an event organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Federal District Government.
Before the formal opening of the show, the group of stilt walkers and dancers took Pino Suarez Street in the historic center of the capital (which houses the Museum of the City of Mexico) and made a tour to the Zocalo, attracting hundreds of well people visited the exhibition, which has the same objective, he said, "to break the boundaries that divided conceptually contemporary art, art-action, cultural heritage and traditions and its publics".

The exhibition was inaugurated on Saturday by Alfredo Cruz, director of the Museum of Mexico City , who said that this show is the first year in this place, which, he said, seek constituted as a space where history and interact reality of the country.
Alfredo Cruz was accompanied by the author of the show, Laura Anderson Barbata, by curator assembly, Monica Villegas, for Lozada Guadalupe Leon, coordinator of Historical, Artistic and Cultural Ministry of Culture, and Ana Zagury, Council this dependence Advisory capital.
The exhibition brings together a total of 64 pieces in four major facilities-eight videos and photos, result of work-disciplinary and participatory integration process that the artist has created a group of stilt walkers of the West Indies and West Africa, based in Brooklyn , New York: The Brooklyn Jumbies , and more recently with The Zancudo, ofZaachila , Oaxaca, and Pro-Alternate Theatre, Mexico City.
A facility is dedicated to Trinidad and Tobago, the second - the theme Wall Street - contains costumes that were made during the protests that occurred in December 2011.A middle room brings different actions suits or ceremonies such as Trinidad and Tobago, New York, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Jalisco, Nayarit, among others. Pieces including re-use materials such as textiles, CDs, feather, natural fibers, textile waste, among others.
Also on display is an installation of Oaxaca which includes the part Lord of Aztlan or Queen Nyame , plus carved stilts different craft techniques. The fourth installation consists of 23 small format alebrijes made ​​by Mexicans.
In this regard, Monica Villegas said that artisans, stilt walkers and textile that have collaborated on this tour, they have been given credit "after being exposed, have called even for hire".
He also commented that the videos are very important as are support and registration materials were drafted on how each of the costumes, figurines, textiles and the story behind each. "Dan gave account of how this approach between Laura Anderson each stilt walkers, artists, artisans and textile".
At the opening of the sample were also present Isabel Lopez of the Representation of the Government of Oaxaca in Mexico City, and Hector Meneses, director of the Museo Textil de Oaxaca, as well as artisans who participated in the project, including Mariano Navarrete, Ernestina Gomez and Teresa Lopez.
Transcomunalidad. interventions and collaborations with stilt communities and craftsmen remain until January 2014 at the Museum of the City of Mexico (Pino Suarez 30, Centro Historico).
The exhibition also includes Guided Tours to the general public: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 17:00 hours Guided Tours for school groups: Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 14:00, Guided Tours in Sign Language Mexican: second Saturday of each month, at 12:00, and tour with Braille ballots.
In addition, workshops for children and young people: third Saturday of each month, 12:30 am, and family workshops: Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 am. In addition to lectures and conferences.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

BBC News - The Afro comb and the politics of hair: Audio slideshow

BBC News - The Afro comb and the politics of hair: Audio slideshow
The Afro comb has been used by people in Africa and the continent's diaspora for centuries.
An exhibition at the University of Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum looks at the Afro comb's impact as both a hair care tool and cultural symbol over the last 6,000 years. It takes visitors on a journey that looks at ancient Egypt, the US civil rights movement and communities across Africa and the Caribbean. Take a brief tour with exhibition curator Sally-Ann Ashton.
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Tuesday, 3 September 2013

UK Youth Plan Muslim Notting Hill Carnival

LONDON – Facing rising incitements and attacks, a group of UK Muslims have come up with the idea of  

holding a carnival to bring the British society closer to the Islamic faith, copying the successful idea of Notting Hill Carnival that defended the rights of the black over the past forty years.
"I have discussed the idea with several Imams and community leaders and it is something they are considering,” Mohammed Hakim, a political activist based in Brighton, told

“We need now to define the manner."
The Notting Hill carnival was created in 1959 in response to the harassment of young black men.The idea of Notting Hill carnival was first suggested by British race equality campaigner, Claudia Jones following the violence of 1958 against the black community in Notting Hill and Nottingham in districts in London.
Jones decided to organize a carnival, hoping that the joyous occasion would force communities to see each other in a different light, away from stereotypes and frozen racial social dogma.
Considering a similar move, Hakim explained that the parallels between Britain 1958 and today were actually chillingly symmetric, especially after the traumatic murder of soldier Lee Rigby which triggered anti-Muslim attacks.
Yet, Hakim stressed that it would difficult to imagine a Muslim Carnival quite in the same vein as Notting Hill since alcohol and provocative dancing were not allowed in Islam.
An alternation celebration of Islam within the community was suggested to show the true image of Islam.
The number of anti-Islamic attacks has increased as much as tenfold in the days that followed the Woolwich murder of Drummer Lee Rigby.
A series of attacks against Muslim targets included three terrorist bombings targeted at different mosques in West Midlands in July.
Tell Mama project, which monitors anti-Muslim attacks in Britain, has also reported 212 “anti-Muslim incidents” after the Woolwich attack.
The figure included 11 attacks on mosques, in a series manifestation of anti-Muslim sentiments.

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The idea inspired similar moves by other British Muslim youth groups.
"We definitely need to do something along those lines in the UK,” Mona Shaef, who works with a group of Youth on an outreach community project, told OnIslam.
Shaef said her group plans to invited non-Muslim community members to experience a day in the life of a Muslim.
“We cannot expect the police or the government to solve racism ... It is something the community needs to tackle on the ground through workshops, events and educational programs.
"I was inspired by a Ramadan event in Dubai where non-Muslims were invited to experience the fast for a day. All the people I met said they found the experience eye-opening," she added.
Hussein, a sociology student in Manchester, said he wish to offer a true image of a peaceful Islam to the British community.
"People have learned to fear Islam ... They [non-Muslim] only see the restrictions, they do not understand the beauty and the joy of being a Muslim.
“We need to shine the light on Islam from a different angle and demonstrate that Islam is life, joy, beauty, community spirit and above tolerance and understanding."

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