mercredi 31 mai 2017

Dagmar van Weeghel

"Diaspora" This portrait series signifies the importance of African settlers in Europe throughout history and present day. With these portraits of African immigrants (non- models)  I wanted to show dignity, richness, beauty, and strength as well as remind viewers of the important contributions of Africans in European history. The work references the art of the Orientalist movement, and is inspired by the watercolor paintings of Josep Tapiro Baro in Tangier, Marocco.  For centuries the West has often gazed at Africa looked through a lens which distors the reality of the continent's people and it's history. With the current surge of African immigrants in the West, these preconceived notions & stereotyping unfortunately often remain and are fueled by a lack of knowledge, understanding and the fear of the unknown. My personal life sparked my interest in how African people live in other places around the world and started this line of inquiry that interrogates how African people are presented in history and present. It is my hope that through this work viewers will change the way they see the world and each other.
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