El Anatsui employs language to broaden interpretation
El Anatsui often uses his native language of Ewe when naming his work because the words can have a range of meanings when pronounced differently.
“Since I’m working with the idea of non-fixity and something indeterminate, I don’t want the language to inform,” says the artist. “By giving it a context, you limit its ability to stretch.”
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Aliza Nisenbaum empowers immigrants through portraiture
While working as an art and English teacher at Tania Bruguera’s Immigrant Movement International, Aliza Nisenbaum painted intimate portraits of the Mexican and Central American immigrants who frequented the space.
“A lot of these women are people that hide in some way,” says Nisenbaum. “I was trying to give a sense of agency to the women that were here in terms of finding their voice, in terms of art, and in terms of basic English skills.”
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