Najee Dorsey’s mixed media series “Resistance,” is an artistic commentary on the various ways individuals have used their voice and bodies to “resist” and fight against the powers that be. Partially inspired by the Occupy Movement, Dorsey’s renditions include the Haitian Freedom Fighter Toussaint L’ouverture, A Native American man taking up modern arms, and an ode to unsung she-ro Claudette Colvin, amongst others. Dorsey also includes various protest signs and anecdotes that feature social commentary about the current economic and social condition in America. Utilizing the digital medium to create these works demonstrate Dorsey’s range as an artist. He is particularly adept at weaving in multiple colors and layers to tell a story both aesthetically and thematically. Continue reading
The great African portraitist Seydou Keita lived in Bamako, Mali from 1921 to 2001. A self-taught photographer, he opened a studio in 1948 and specialized in portraiture. Seydou Keita soon photographed all of Bamako and his portraits gained a reputation for excellence throughout West Africa.
His numerous clients were drawn by the quality of his photos and his great sense of aesthetics. Many were young men, dressed in European style clothing. Some customers brought in items they wanted to be photographed with but Keita also had a choice of European clothing and accessories – watches, pens, radios, scooter, etc. – which he put at their disposal in his studio. The women came in flowing robes often covering their legs and their throats, only beginning to wear Western outfits in the late 60s.
It has been a month since the passing of a photography legend. RIP Lucien Clergue. (August14 1934-November 15 2014) Born in Arles in France, Clergue met Pablo Picasso when he was 19 years old which began a thirty year friendship with the artist. Clergue went onto to co-found ‘Recontres d’Arles photography festival and later became the first photographer to be elected as a member to France’s prestigious ‘Academy of Fine Arts of the Institute of France’.
The Savoy Ballroom was located between 140th and 141st Streets on Lenox Avenue Harlem, New York City. The Savoy was a popular dance venue from the late 1920s to the 1950s and many dances such as Lindy Hop became famous here. It was one of the most famous dance halls of the swing era and home to legendary dancers like Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, Leon James and Al Minns. It was known downtown as the “Home of Happy Feet” but uptown, in Harlem, as “the Track”. Unlike the ‘whites only’ policy of the Cotton Club, the Savoy Ballroom was integrated where white and black Americans danced together.
Normally The Human Gallery look to showcase more contemporary work, but how could these images not make you smile?