Friday, March 4, 2011

One Wish to Change the World.

TED describes itself as "a small nonprofit devoted to ideas worth spreading." Actually, it's anything but small. Five years ago, it started giving a handsome annual prize to "exceptional individuals" devoted to changing the world. The TED genie grants those prize recipients One Wish to Change the World — as well as $100,000. Last year it went to chef and food revolutionary Jamie Oliver. This year, the prize goes to an anonymous street artist, who goes by the diminutive name JR.

“As the TED site announced:

JR creates pervasive art that spreads uninvited on buildings of Parisian slums, on walls in the Middle East, on broken bridges in Africa or in favelas in Brazil. People in the exhibit communities, those who often live with the bare minimum, discover something absolutely unnecessary but utterly wonderful. And they don’t just see it, they make it. Elderly women become models for a day; kids turn into artists for a week. In this art scene, there is no stage to separate the actors from the spectators.”

The Paris-based artist, who calls himself a "photograffeur," combines photography and graffiti in a distinct form of public art. Although his work lives in the streets, it has already been recognized by museums like London's Tate Modern — and he's only in his mid-20s.

JR's projects vary but have one underlying cause: Provoke change by fostering community. "Portrait Of A Generation" showed giant photos of suburban "thugs" outside Paris. "Face 2 Face," which, as the TED site explains, "some consider the biggest illegal photo exhibition ever," explored Israeli-Palestinian tensions. "Women Are Heroes" was an effort to empower women by showing their faces.

And it's all done completely off the radar — hence his disguise and his moniker. His site calls it "l'art infiltrant" — we might call it guerrilla; either way, it's mostly uninvited and always elaborate. The artist makes these enormous installations in towns and cities that have virtually nothing. People come out of the woodwork to help. They start talking. Suddenly there's a sense of community and a cause. At least that's the idea. And that's the idea that TED thinks is worth spreading.

You can learn more about JR on the award site or on his site.

One Wish to Change the World.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Siggi Dimanche Event in the Historic Leimert Park Village

Kymberly Newberry-Kabaila presents Siggi Dimanche: A Celebration of Francophone Africa.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
KAOS Network
Leimert Park
4343 Leimert Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90008

Info forwarded from Kymberly Newberry-Kabaila; contact her for additional information (see below).  Filmmaker and colleague Moussa Bocoum will be paying tribute to Ousmane Sembene.

“Siggi Dimanche” – A Celebration of Francophone Africa
“Siggi” in Wolof means “Lift up your head;” “Dimanche” in French means “Sunday,” thus the name “Siggi Dimanche.”

Scheduled (subject to change):

Welcome and Overview  -  Kymberly Newberry-Kabaila,”Siggi Dimanche” Founder and Program Director

Readings of Francophone Literature:

Richard Gant, Yann Perreau, Jessica Vautor, Jordan Elgrably, Tony Winters, Njaw Samb, Wesley Kabaila, Charlotte Aya Kouassi, Joel Virgel, Jacques Ahouansou, Carl Gilliard, Barbara Roberts, Hubert Marlin and possibly more

PowerPoint Presentation:

Presented by Dr. David Horne on “The Decade of the Diaspora”

Senegalese Filmmaker Moussa Bocoum on “The Life, The Man and The Works”

Moussa Bocoum pays tribute to his mentor, Ousmane Sembene.  Moussa spent seven years under the tutelage of Sembene and Moussa will share some of his personal reflections and memories of the person many consider to be the father of African cinema, Ousmane Sembene.

Possible - Allen and Polly Roberts present an overview of Francophone Art

Schedules permitting, Professors Allen and Polly Roberts, UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures, may give a brief overview of Francophone Art.

Los Angeles Premiere of The First World Festival of Negro Arts (Senegal, 1966, 40 minutes):

LA premiere of the documentary film by William Greaves

Music by African DJ extraordinaire Nnamdi Moweta

Guest African musical wizard Benjamin Lebrave

Schedule subject to change.

Saturday, February 12, 2011