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Afro-punk pictures

...is the title of the Brooklyn based film production company which releases the first issue of the documentary series 'The Triptych' about creators of culture from art, photography on 24 May 2012 in association with Weeksville Heritage Center at the Brooklyn Museum, New York. The artists Wangechi Mutu, Sanford Biggers and Barron Claiborne introduce into the experiences they made and how life has shaped the art they create. The duration of each of the film portraits is 20 minutes.

Afro-punk pictures belongs to the community 'Afro-Punk' which takes its name from the movie 'Afro-Punk' (2003) directed by James Spooner who is also one of the curators of the community's annual Afro-Punk Festival (music performances, film screeninigs, art exhibitions, culture events accompanied by skate/BMX parks).

Brooklyn based, Nairobi (Kenya) born Wangechi Mutu for example focuses with her collages on the female body. The artist integrates the cultural heritage of Africa into a mixture of media from paintings and women's photos from glossy magazines.

"Mutu portrays the inner and outer ideals of self with physical attributes clipped from lifestyle magazines: the woman’s face being a racial distortion, her mind occupied by a prototypical white model...." is Merrily Kerr (author of the article 'Wangechi Mutu's Extreme Makeovers') cited on Saatchi Gallery.

Video: Trailer 'The Triptych: Wangechi Mutu'. The three 'The Triptych' short-films are directed by Terrance Nance, director of photography Shawn Peters, and co-directed by one of the presented artists, photographer Barron Claiborne. View the other trailers: Sanford Biggers, Barron Claiborne and additional information on facebook.com/afropunk.




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