studioafrica:

PHILIPPE KOUDJINA 

Philippe Koudjina’s joyful photographs of post-independence Niger are a marked contrast to the photographer’s impoverished reality 50 years on. The documentary ”Photo Souvenir" (which you can watch in full) explores the material legacies of colonialism, and offers a rare glimpse at one of Niger’s great artistic talents.

Due to glaucoma and poverty Koudjina can no longer see to take photos nor afford the equipment to make them. And since being hit by a car he’s had to use crutches to get around. 

The film follows French photo collectors (including Jean Pigozzi who brought Malick Sidibe’s work into the Western art market) attempting to organize an exhibition of Koudjina’s work in Paris, and reveals the fickle cultural process by which one-time “photo souvenirs” become “photographic art,” raising questions about where and on what terms an artistic reputation is made.

Watch the film in full HERE.

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Reblogged from DYNAMIC AFRICA
Binders full of women

Binders full of women

Reblogged from Binders Full Of Women
The increasing aceptance of sportswear that allows Muslim women to compete
London 2012 is the first Olympics where women will compete in all 26 sports on offer(although still in 30 fewer events in total), and Fifa is just one of several international bodies to relax clothing rules and so allow more Muslim women to compete in the Games.
What female athletes wear should get less attention than it does, but for many women who want to cover up, sports clothing can be a barrier to competition. The capster, a hood-style hijab that was created by Dutch designer Cindy van den Bremen, who started working on the design back in 1999 after cases of girls being excluded from PE lessons for wearing the hijab. It is designs such as this, she says, that have addressed health-and-safety concerns and allowed bans to be overturned.
It’s not just the practicality of the design, but the image it portrays that helps. “Traditional scarves stick out in sport and are not made from appropriate materials. Because the new styles look sporty, the wearer is not highlighted as different in the same way.”
The importance of hijab-wearing athletes as role models should inspire many Muslim women and girls. Rimla Akhtar from the Muslim Women in Sport Foundation said there were other barriers than dress holding women back, but it was important for women to have a choice: “A way has been found of combining women’s passion for sport with their passion for their faith and the sports hijab will certainly aid women’s participation in sport at all levels.”

The increasing aceptance of sportswear that allows Muslim women to compete

London 2012 is the first Olympics where women will compete in all 26 sports on offer(although still in 30 fewer events in total), and Fifa is just one of several international bodies to relax clothing rules and so allow more Muslim women to compete in the Games.

What female athletes wear should get less attention than it does, but for many women who want to cover up, sports clothing can be a barrier to competition. The capster, a hood-style hijab that was created by Dutch designer Cindy van den Bremen, who started working on the design back in 1999 after cases of girls being excluded from PE lessons for wearing the hijab. It is designs such as this, she says, that have addressed health-and-safety concerns and allowed bans to be overturned.

It’s not just the practicality of the design, but the image it portrays that helps. “Traditional scarves stick out in sport and are not made from appropriate materials. Because the new styles look sporty, the wearer is not highlighted as different in the same way.”

The importance of hijab-wearing athletes as role models should inspire many Muslim women and girls. Rimla Akhtar from the Muslim Women in Sport Foundation said there were other barriers than dress holding women back, but it was important for women to have a choice: “A way has been found of combining women’s passion for sport with their passion for their faith and the sports hijab will certainly aid women’s participation in sport at all levels.”

The New Architecture and the London Zoo, 1936
A 16 minutes black and white film directed by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. The film examines the redesign of various exhibits at the London Zoo. The film was produced for the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Zoological Society of London, England.

The New Architecture and the London Zoo, 1936

A 16 minutes black and white film directed by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. The film examines the redesign of various exhibits at the London Zoo. The film was produced for the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Zoological Society of London, England.

Analyzing Finland - by biz model generation ( via endlesscuriosity)

Analyzing Finland - by biz model generation ( via endlesscuriosity)

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visiology:

Edward Curtis is a twentieth century photographer best known for his work photographing Native Americans during the period of 1907-1930. He was dedicated to photographing the Natives as he perceived them to be a dying race and was intent on capturing and documenting their culture before they became extinct.

As great, and as beautiful as his work is, it is not without controversy because his ‘dedication’ to documenting the Native Americans was not as authentic as he would have liked us to believe.

‘He presented his subjects in a traditional way whenever possible and  even supplied a bit of the proper clothing when his subjects had none. Re-enactments of battles, moving camp, ceremonies and other past activities were also photographed.’ American Masters PBS April 2001

By doing this Curtis was dismissing their culture and replacing it with a myth that his suited ideology and vision, often manipulating his photographs. He did so by removing all traces of modernity and all elements of westernization to conjure the sense of ‘traditional’ identity. It was for these reasons why he was criticized by Ethnographers.

Reblogged from Bad Ethnography

Women perform 66% of the world’s work, but receive only 11% of the world’s income, and own only 1% of the world’s land.
Women make up 66% of the world’s illiterate adults.
Women head 83% of single-parent families. The number of families nurtured by women alone doubled from 1970 to 1995 (from 5.6 million to 12.2 million).
Women account for 55% of all college students, but even when women have equal years of education it does not translate into economic opportunities or political power.
There are six million more women than men in the world.
Two-thirds of the world’s children who receive less than four years of education are girls. Girls represent nearly 60% of the children not in school.
Parents in countries such as China and India sometimes use sex determination tests to find out if their fetus is a girl. Of 8,000 fetuses aborted at a Bombay clinic, 7,999 were female.
Wars today affect civilians most, since they are civil wars, guerrilla actions and ethnic disputes over territory or government. 3 out of 4 fatalities of war are women and children.
Rape is consciously used as a tool of genocide and weapon of war. Tens of thousands of women and girls have been subjected to rape and other sexual violence since the crisis erupted in Darfur in 2003. There is no evidence of anyone being convicted in Darfur for these atrocities.
About 75% of the refugees and internally displaced in the world are women who have lost their families and their homes.
Gender-based violence kills one in three women across the world and is the biggest cause of injury and death to women worldwide, causing more deaths and disability among women aged 15 to 44 than cancer, malaria, traffic accident, and war.
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  • Women perform 66% of the world’s work, but receive only 11% of the world’s income, and own only 1% of the world’s land.
  • Women make up 66% of the world’s illiterate adults.
  • Women head 83% of single-parent families. The number of families nurtured by women alone doubled from 1970 to 1995 (from 5.6 million to 12.2 million).
  • Women account for 55% of all college students, but even when women have equal years of education it does not translate into economic opportunities or political power.
  • There are six million more women than men in the world.
  • Two-thirds of the world’s children who receive less than four years of education are girls. Girls represent nearly 60% of the children not in school.
  • Parents in countries such as China and India sometimes use sex determination tests to find out if their fetus is a girl. Of 8,000 fetuses aborted at a Bombay clinic, 7,999 were female.
  • Wars today affect civilians most, since they are civil wars, guerrilla actions and ethnic disputes over territory or government. 3 out of 4 fatalities of war are women and children.
  • Rape is consciously used as a tool of genocide and weapon of war. Tens of thousands of women and girls have been subjected to rape and other sexual violence since the crisis erupted in Darfur in 2003. There is no evidence of anyone being convicted in Darfur for these atrocities.
  • About 75% of the refugees and internally displaced in the world are women who have lost their families and their homes.
  • Gender-based violence kills one in three women across the world and is the biggest cause of injury and death to women worldwide, causing more deaths and disability among women aged 15 to 44 than cancer, malaria, traffic accident, and war.

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Reblogged from Bad Ethnography
How to make friends by Telephone
By Scott Steffens, telephone etiquette from the 1940s

How to make friends by Telephone

By Scott Steffens, telephone etiquette from the 1940s

Toronto’s Human Library
Living Books are people just like you and me and for different reasons they are subjected to stereotyping and prejudices. They are open about who they are and prepared to share their experiences. A Living Book is a person who has chosen to be a public representative of a certain group.
Living Books can be found in the Toronto Public Library. The library lets us check out humans as well as books.The idea is a way to break down prejudice by bringing people of different backgrounds together for one-on-one conversation.

Toronto’s Human Library

Living Books are people just like you and me and for different reasons they are subjected to stereotyping and prejudices. They are open about who they are and prepared to share their experiences. A Living Book is a person who has chosen to be a public representative of a certain group.

Living Books can be found in the Toronto Public Library. The library lets us check out humans as well as books.The idea is a way to break down prejudice by bringing people of different backgrounds together for one-on-one conversation.

Peter and the Wolf
A 32 minute stop-motion animation directed by Suzie Templeton. Won an Academy Award in 2007 for Animated Short Film.

Peter and the Wolf

A 32 minute stop-motion animation directed by Suzie Templeton. Won an Academy Award in 2007 for Animated Short Film.

Spoonflower
Design your own custom printed fabric. Spoonflower is not only a business it is also a community. “Now numbers around 150,000 individuals who use their own fabric to make curtains, quilts, clothes, bags, furniture, dolls, pillows, framed artwork, costumes, banners and much, much more. The Spoonflower marketplace offers the largest collection of independent fabric designers in the world.

Spoonflower

Design your own custom printed fabric. Spoonflower is not only a business it is also a community. “Now numbers around 150,000 individuals who use their own fabric to make curtains, quilts, clothes, bags, furniture, dolls, pillows, framed artwork, costumes, banners and much, much more. The Spoonflower marketplace offers the largest collection of independent fabric designers in the world.

AnatoMY
Sovvrapensiero and OniricaLab’s latest workshop is a study about the human body and the relation between humanity and materiality. The human body was transformed, dismembered, and elaborated to create a process that generates a displacement of the usual point of view and the formulation of collateral thoughts about arguments mostly forgotten.

AnatoMY

Sovvrapensiero and OniricaLab’s latest workshop is a study about the human body and the relation between humanity and materiality. The human body was transformed, dismembered, and elaborated to create a process that generates a displacement of the usual point of view and the formulation of collateral thoughts about arguments mostly forgotten.

Gears and other mechanical things

A 1930 short film from avant-garde filmmaker Ralph Steiner that shows dozens of gears and other machinery at work. (by kottke.org)