Like a banner at a rally, or a poster advocating for revolution, the art created by the Yoruba people is meant to have life and to be used, whether that function is practical, didactic, ritual, or all of the above.
Mendieta’s work is a call to neither only empathy nor only imagination; it implicates the audience as both co-agents and co-artists through participation.
The art industry is currently controlled and manipulated by the modern day “dandy” and their hunger for conspicuous consumption.
They knew the surrounding wilderness like the backs of their hands, or rather, the wilderness and the backs of their hands were continuous, separated by no boundary.
"Watching the latest Beyonce music video, "Mine," directed by Pierre Debusscherre I thought, we do strange things to tell the story of our emotions with our bodies."
Like an apartment, a box is private, personal, sensitive; it stores its content within walls, behind an address. As a package, it has only the functions of identity, security, and portability. As long as it arrives at the right place, without internal damage, it has completed its task. It will not be integrated into its recipient’s life.
"Each passing year sees graffiti art being stripped from our streets, and with each disappearance, we lose a piece of our culture. This walking tour is just one South Bronx native's attempt to preserve its memory."
“Why is disability still a mark of stain, not mark of existence, of wonderfulness, or of diverse perspectives?”
"Szamosi invites viewers to enter a world where expected boundaries—between order and chaos, mind and body, nourishment and decay, horror and dread, artist and viewer—no longer exist." Photography and video.