Nandipha Mntambo - “Praça de Touros" (2008).
Shot in the now abandoned Praça de Touros arena in Maputo where black Mozambicans once fought for the entertainment of the colonial Portuguese, Mntambo rehearses the steps and takes on the persona of a professional bullfighter - a role usually reserved for men.
Where no animal is present, Mntambo dons an animal hide on her back suggesting that in the absence of an actual bull, she is both the fighter and the victim, the hunter and the hunted, both the fear and the feared in a scenario where neither occupant had agency over their being in the ring and the consequence of what lay ahead.
About the cowhide, Nandipha says, “I have used cowhide as a means to subvert expected associations with corporeal presence, femininity, sexuality and vulnerability.”
Nandipha Mntambo was born in Swaziland in 1982 but grew up in Johannesburg. She obtained a Masters in Fine Arts from the Michaelis School of Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town in 2007, and in 2011, she was chosen as the Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art .
All Africa, All the time.
Black Girls Rock: Twin Dancers Are Accepted to American Ballet Theatre’s Prestigious Summer Program
Twin sisters Nia and Imani Lindsay have been accepted into the prestigious American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT) Summer Program on scholarship. The young girls have been walking since 8 months and have been dancing ever since. At 10-years old the two are trained in jazz, ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, and tap dance. They are also fluent in English, Spanish and French.
While they reside in Canada they made a trip to New York City to audition for ABT’s Summer Intensive program and found time to sit down with Cipriana of Urban Bush Babes to discuss their big news, bullying, their beautiful natural hair and why they love Misty Copeland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ply4Rjz_UZM
Such an inspiration! I am so insanely proud of these girls.
a 14-year-old indian kid figured out that if the federal government changed their official font from times new roman to garamond they could save $234 million a year (source)
his name is Suvir Mirchandani
omitting identity from these things is how poc contributions and achievements end up getting erased altogether
his name is Suvir Mirchandani
Bet you haven’t seen anything like this gallery from Tokyo-based artist Hikaru Cho! She ingeniously creates deceivingly realistic artworks on human skin instead of canvas that will certainly make you stop for a second look. More after the jump:
64 year old cosplayer, I’m not sure that is sad or cool, but he sure knows how to cosplay!
What do you mean sad, this is super cool!
It’s anything BUT sad, it’s fucking awesome!
the only thing that’s sad about this is that i’d never be a fantastic cosplayer like him
MASTER YOSHI! MASTER YOSHI
omg she barely flinches at all
Omg that shit didn’t even look real. That’s madness
She’s out of her mind but it’s cool to watch.
I need to reblog this again because I’ve watched this about 5 times today. It’s the one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a minute.
WHOA. was not expecting that.
why did i know that shit was going to happen
like the minute i pressed play i KNEW this fuckshit was going down. /psychic - Z
A while back for my Chinese class I had to do a presentation on world religions and I came across Sini, which is a type of Arabic calligraphy style used in China. It’s interesting because not a lot of people realize that China a pretty sizeable Muslim population, especially in Western China. There’s even a writing style that was developed specifically for transliterating Sinitic languages with Arabic script. I’ll probably post more on that later but for now, here are some pictures of Sini calligraphy.
Unlike other styles of Arabic calligraphy, Sini uses brushes as opposed to reed pens so you get lots of soft shapes and tapered effects that are characteristic of Chinese calligraphy.
According to China Heritage Quarterly, Sini script probably emerged during the Ming Dynasty when China broke off contact with many of the Muslim populations ruled over by the Mongols, who had control of China during the Yuan Dynasty.
Here are some pictures of Sini calligraphy used to adorn mosques.
And here’s the official site of Hajji Noor Deen Mi Guang Jiang, one of the most famous Sini calligraphers: http://www.hajinoordeen.com/
Source: China Heritage Quarterly