San Antônio de Jesus, Bahia, Brazil, b. 1970
Cabeca Acustica (Acoustic Head), 1996. Assembled from two aluminum basins that are commonly used in Bahia for washing laundry.
Marepe combined the two basins, creating a hollow volume, and connected another simple kitchen utensil, a funnel of sorts to one end. At the other end, he cut an opening into the volume, large enough for a human head to fit. The object’s immediate use is to amplify sounds, like a megaphone. It is activated in a performative gesture, requiring one person to place the head inside the hollow enclosure, while another person may sing or speak into the funnel. Its transformative potential resides not only in the performative requirement necessary for the work’s success but also in the way in which it enables thinking about a very different use of the most simple of materials.
blue footed boobie
The American government can’t praise Mandela’s steadfastness for sitting in prison, while ignoring our own political prisoners. -@zellieimani
“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.” - Nelson Mandela.
RIP Madiba. Hamba kahle, Tata Madiba. Go well.
here is my heart to place under yours.
you are slow breaths
all that strength you made fom your blood.
a whole nation of black pain.
you carried in your spine.
a jail cell. made from your mother’s island.
i return some to you.
are my legs.
ninety four years
is many bones to go through.
many walks through the sun.
many hearts to shed.
many stars of joy to comb through your hair.
a lot of time
let us hold you now.
let us warm the water for your skin.
let our youth be your comfort.
we have seen how your feet danced.
that we have commited
you. to memory.
all hope and fresh mourning.
we know what the ancestors sound like
when they come.
they are ready for you.
if you have done
you came to do.
are finished transcribing your soul into humanity.
have our cloth ready.
our flowers ready.
our songs in our mouths ready.
our feet and all the drums ready.
our fresh water.
watching over madiba (june. 23, 2013. 6:07 p.m. est, usa), nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)
today, dec 5th, 2013 madiba has gone from this world. i thank him for the wideness and largeness of his spirit, the lion of his waters, the strength that fed us all. he taught me the truth about africa, taught me that she can and never will be defeated. i shed tears because i am happy you were here, amongst us, with us, filling us all with your light, love, and quiet honey. you magnificent child of Africa, let us sing and dance you home to the ancestors :)))
It’s not men’s job to subvert, mock, parody, or critique femininity. You don’t get to tell us how much you hate the cage you put us in.
Look at Pharell’s face son. The kid Kendrick is nasty.
for xmas my mom is using airline miles to buy my tickets to see gabu and go to peruuuuuuu ahhhhhhhhh. bestttttttttttttttt. feb 1 - feb 17.