By: Deonta D. Wortham
Talent bustling all around. Art seeping into every crevice of societal life. Where do they go? Who do they serve? How will they manage.
Art, as Henry Fierstein once said, has the power to “transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire and motivate.” It posseses the ability to transform culture, illuminate societal faults, inspire captiavting change, and motivate the lowliest among us.
Art is, and will always be, the medium that defies all other medium. Through it one can tap into the humanity of the ‘other.’ Transversing oceans and valleys, mountains and ebbs, arts continuously propels us all to consider, and unerstanding, the remarkable 'tales' that lie within the artist’s brush strokes, linear arrangements, and chiseled trails.
This is an opportunity to do just that, to dig deeper, find more, and contextualize the value of art within the realm of African development. It is a change to broaden our intellectual horizions, and consider the 'tales' that have - more often than not - seeped into obliviion.
Whether viewing the work of Martin Abossolo (Cameroon), Kingsley Sambo (Zimbabwe), Justus D. Akeredolu (Nigeria) or Hassan Bedawi (Sudan) the 'illumination' is evident. The 'tale' is there. It is up to us to uncover the mircalous beauty that lies in each of their works.