Monthly Archives: September 2007

Awesome African Art

Wasalamalaikum, I just came across this wonderful gallery of African art! It is so refreshing to see all these colors that seem to celebrate Light itself… My attraction to arts (music, poetry, painting) has always been triggered by Colors. I remember as a child in Gabon, being surrounded by the most beautiful, colorful landscapes that intrigued me so deeply about the form and formlessness of the Creation, all this through colors that I perceived as pure vessels for light. It stimulated my young mind to just reflect upon these little miracles.

Subconsciously throughout the creative process of painting, the influence of my Soninké, Peulh and Eshira cultures transpires. The combination of colors is never deliberate it just occurs as a natural part of my roots. The Islamic themes captured are always the driven energy when I paint and as they manifest I can progressively see tones of my African cultures impose themselves in the midst of those visual praising of Allah (swt).

Indeed I’m grateful for the cultural diversity my parents exposed me to growing up, it has shaped my identity and has deeply influenced my work that never fits in in just one category which sometimes confounds the label-driven bureaucrats by the way …lol… I just love the vibrant colors in African Art, pure reflections of the Motherland’s warmth!

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International Muslim Artists Exhibition

New Orleans, LA – September 10, 2007. The New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture and History (NOAAM) at 1418 Gov. Nicholls Street in New Orleans is hosting the International Muslim Artists Exhibition from October 13, 2007 toNovember 12, 2007. The opening reception is on October 13, 2007 at 6:00 pm. The reception is free and open to the public.

The exhibition features diverse works by contemporary Muslim artists. Fifty paintings from more than a dozen artists from five different countries covering four continents will be on display. While some of these artists are still preserving beautiful traditional Islamic art styles such as calligraphy, geometric shapes and decorative leaves, other groups have embraced modern art schools and have found them more effective to express their feelings and ideas. Meanwhile, there are some artists who try to find common ground between the two groups, using the traditional Islamic elements in a modern art style to create a universal unique Islamic art. All three styles are represented in the IMAE2007.

The exhibition is curated by Haitham Eid. It is sponsored by the Center for African and African American Studies and the Master of Arts in Museum Studies Program at Southern University at New Orleans.

The New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture and History is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission for adults is $8.00, Groups and seniors, $6.00, per person, and Students, $3.00.

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Namelessly Named

There is a continual fall upward
when you submerge
this sheet of paper,
dragging lights after lights

before our watery eye,
words dancing at your visit
as they curve and bow
like lit living beings,

a myriad of suns crowding
such a minuscule space,
our centers rise and leap
from spheres to spheres:

“Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim”
Lo! we walk out of being,
O what is this music?
Your name spelled in

diagonal then backward;
letters ring one by one,
Huuuuuuuuuuu!”
Is this Love in our ear?

We feel like sobbing.
Now: a thousand pens
in our hand, we light up
then we get dizzy again!

The roof tears open,
we flirt with not-being,
vertiginous planets there
exude the Divine Qur’an…

copyrights 2007 Aida Touré

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