10 March, 2017

QuiltConEast 2017

Trip to Georgia, USA / 19 - 27 February 2017

Interesting things and places...


SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion and Film
1600 Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30309 
+1 404 253 3132

Omar Viktor Diop

The Exhibition "Project Diaspora" (SelfPortraits 2014) on view until Aug. 20, 2017 by the Senegalese photographer Omar Viktor Diop.
Fantastic self portraits with a twist. To quote Raquel Wilson, a Cultural Curator: "...A journey through time, the photographic series delves into and exposes less spoken narratives of the role of Africans out of Africa. With this body of work, Diop challenges us to rethink our own ideas of history and gives answer to his ongoing, internal dialogue of who he is as artist and person. ...Diop has focused this first installment on Europe during the 15th through 19th centuries. Inspired by the many baroque artworks created during this time, he considers this period as an awakening of an intense (and previously non-existent) era of interaction between Africa and the rest of the world. Using portraits of notable Africans in European history as his inspiration, Diop pits their life-journeys and legacies with those of his own...".
What was missing - information.
I have never used my smartphone in any exhibition as much as in this gallery (which belongs to a University....), not just to take photos but to "get" the beautiful pictures. The SCAD FASH exhibit curators did a fantastic job with the presentation of his work. The lights, the rich blue background and open space, fantastic and very impressive. But sometimes a beautiful presentation is not enough, especially with this work by Omar Viktor.

Omar Viktor Diop
Ayuba Suleiman Diallo
Pigment inkjet print on Hahnemühle paper
Edition of 8 + 2 APs
Courtesy of the Artist and Magnin-A, Paris

This is all the sign tells you, what it should have told you is (quote from Omar Viktor Diop's Website / Source Wikipedia)

Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, also known as Job ben Sololom, was a famous Muslim who was a victim of the Atlantic slave trade. Born in Bundu, Senegal (West Africa), Ayuba's memoirs were published as one of the earliest slave narratives, that is, a first-person account of the slave trade. He was enslaved about two years in Maryland and afterwards being brought to England, was set free and sent to his native land in the year 1734.
Original painting by William Hoare.

By William Hoare (between circa 1707 and circa 1792) - Christie's, LotFinder: entry 5277773, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8785991

I really loved Victor Omar's  pictures, even more so after me and my sister "researched" each and every African personality he impersonated in them.

And we really enjoyed the atmospere in the SCAD FASH. You have to visit the ladies room ...