I was so happy to have a solo exhibit at Salomon Arts Gallery. My intention for the exhibit was to celebrate cultural diversity; to demonstrate that though we may not see our own customs and traditions in these images, we can recognize our common humanity.
All cultures celebrate the same things. We have rituals surrounding birth, death, good harvests, courtship, family reunions, rites of passage and more…
I was really happy to have a number of different events with a multicultural group of friends, family, and art collectors and enthusiasts. I had a cocktail party one night for the cast of Afrimericans, a scripted show following men and women who were born all over Africa and are now living here, a new emerging narrative about contemporary Africa. It was interesting to see their impressions of their own tribal cultures. There were people from Nigeria, Sudan, Kenya, Cameroon and more…
One Saturday I gave a talk moderated by Harvey Stein, a photography and long-time teacher at ICP in New York, sharing my stories about our cross-cultural truths; the importance of family, community, ritual and the amazing diversity of its expression.
I also held a trunk show one day, an event in collaboration with my friend Siamanda Chege and her company Bebe Ravi, and the proceeds were used to help and empower women in Siamanda’s village in Kenya.
I feel I’m completing the circle sharing the work with so many different people and cultures.
So good to know you were pleased with it all ! You worked very hard! Still have not sold house and did have to lower the price. Have been no where till have unloaded this. It is really a great house but our builders have 6 more to build here and they are doing us in. Oh well in time. Thought your internet looked terrific and you had lots of people. I have this agency after me to sign on but I really am not sure of them. Going to talk to someone at ASMP to check them out. Fondly, Louise
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We’re sorry that we couldn’t be there.
XXOO Alan and Susan
just back from africa- lets catch up soon _ send all warm wishes