On April 27, 2015, friends, family and mourners gathered around Freddie Gray’s casket as it was being lowered into the ground at Woodlawn Cemetery in Baltimore. Freddie Gray was a 25 year old black man who died from spinal injuries a week after he was arrested by Baltimore police. This is now another death of a black man in police custody. Parts of Baltimore became chaos with torching of businesses and police cars and throwing bricks at police officers. The riot is the latest flare up amid the national debate over police use of force, especially when black suspects are involved.
The Human Gallery do not promote violence. This is not a way to resolve problems or change a situation. Riots hurt a community far more than it helps but anyone could see that this heated situation would soon boil over.
DVNLLN captured powerful images of the city’s chaos and did an excellent job showing the emotion and turmoil behind what is going on in Baltimore. You can see more and follow on his Instagram at BYDVNLLN.
So Yoo Lym started this series of hair and braid pattern paintings in the summer of 2008. These acrylic on paper images are based on photos he took of students and strangers he came across in Patterson, New Jersey where he had worked for the past 9 years. So Yoo Lym was born is Seoul, Korea, but lived in Kenya and Uganda for the first 7 years of his life. Since then he has lived in various parts of New Jersey. At age 15, he started studying with Korean exiled painter, Ung No Lee in Normandy, France. There he discovered in that summer how art was inextricably tied to nature and his life.
Paris based artist, Francoise Nielly, creates stunning large-scale portraits, inspired by urban culture. Her vibrant paintings are created using pallet knives, spreading neon coloured paint boldly across the canvas in order to capture the vibrant nature of her subjects. Françoise Nielly’s painting is expressive, exhibiting a brute force, a fascinating vital energy. Oil and knife combine to sculpt her images from a material that is, at the same time, biting and incisive, charnel and sensual. Whether she paints the human body or portraits, the artist takes a risk: her painting is sexual, her colors free, exuberant, surprising, even explosive, the cut of her knife incisive, her color pallet dazzling.
Pieter Hugo is a man’s man type of photographer. He’s from South Africa, currently living in Cape Town and his images are unapologetic. And incredible. He specializes in portraiture and my favorite exhibition of his to date is “The Hyena and Other Men”. These images document men from Nigeria who perform with wild animals such as hyenas, baboons, snakes, etc. I believe Pieter Hugo best describers what it is that is so inciting about the relationships he has photographed: “I look back at the notebooks I had kept while with them. The words ‘dominance’, ‘codependence’ and ‘submission’ kept appearing. These pictures depict much more than an exotic group of travelling performers in West Africa. The motifs that linger are the fraught relationships we have with ourselves, with animals and with nature.” Continue reading →
Mambu Bayoh is a Sierra Leone/Liberian photographer who came to the United States at a young age, escaping the Liberian civil war. Drawn to the art of photography, Bayoh stopped his pursuit in Law and dedicated his time to his now current passion. His work not only crosses over into high fashion and street fashion, but into social documentation as well, capturing the vibrant softness and hidden strength of his subjects. Continue reading →
Senegalese Wrestlers is an award winning photography series by photographer Denis Rouvre. This series was part of the Sports Features Stories category of World Press Photo 2010. The theme around the photos – “Man’s relations with strength, power and fragility.
Senegalese Wrestling has a long tradition in parts of Senegal and The Gambia. Wrestling is so popular in these parts of Africa that it may be considered as a national sport. Each wrestler, M’burr partakes in this sport to prove their manliness, build pride for their villages and demonstrate their discipline. Continue reading →