Nyome Nicholas-Williams wins the battle against censorship and Instagram updates its policy on nudity
Sun, 01 Nov 2020 11:30:41 +0000
“I want to ensure that I am respected and allowed to use spaces like Instagram, as many other creators do, without the worry of being censored and silenced.” While going on our Instagram feeds, we regularly come across semi-naked slender Caucasian women. Yet, things seem to be a little bit different, when dealing with coloured women, plus-size users and other marginalised groups. Following last August Nyome Nicholas-Williams’ controversy, Instagram and its parent company, Facebook, have updated their policy on nudity. Their new rules aim to tackle the discrimination experienced by many on social media, in order to ensure that all body types are equally treated. When it comes to nudes and sexual images, Instagram, like most social media platforms, monitors its content and observes certain community guidelines. However, recently some have alleged the social media algorithm and its policy to be inherently race biased and discriminatory toward non-conventional body shapes. The policy officially forbids “close-up of fully exposed buttocks” but also “bare female nipples.” Yet, on several occasions pictures of naked women showing their curves and bumps or covering their.. L’articolo Nyome Nicholas-Williams wins the battle against censorship and Instagram updates its policy on nudity sembra essere il primo su GRIOT.
Wed, 28 Oct 2020 16:02:16 +0000
Chosen to represent the United States at the 59th Venice Biennal (23 April to 27 November 2022), US artist Simone Leigh will be the first Black woman ever to do so. The announcement came from The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. I encountered Leigh’s Brick House in the summer of 2019, in New York City. The monumental bronze sculpture was the final piece on the High Line, populated by travelers and local residents during the group exhibition High Line Art, curated by Cecilia Alemani—who is also on the ‘the first’ list, as she will be the first female Italian director of the Venice Biennale. Brick House is a 16-feet tall bust of a woman whose crown of afro hair is framed by the lines of cornrow braids: a commanding celebration of the beauty and strength of the Black woman in public space. Born and raised in Chicago to a family of Jamaican missionaries, Leigh’s artistic practice is informed by her training in American ceramics, combined with.. L’articolo Simone Leigh will represent the United States at the 2022 Venice Biennale sembra essere il primo su GRIOT.
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 10:26:30 +0000
There is so much prejudice revolving around drug addicts, especially around crack cocaine users. Lost, hopeless and potentially dangerous, we rarely see them for who they are, human beings who, although prisoners of their addiction, love, dream and wish. Maíra Bühler’s Diz a Ela que me Viu Chorar (Let it Burn) is a fly-on-the-wall Brazilian documentary film capturing with empathy and respect the broken lives of a group of residents dwelling in Parque Dom Pedro Hotel, São Paulo. Given Bühler’s bachelor degree in social sciences and her MA in anthropology, one could have expected an intellectual piece analysing in a cold, scientific way the ins and outs of drug addicts’ lives. Instead, she proposes a humble human experience, deprived from hasty preconceived judgments. “I’m an anthropologist and I have always been worried when people call other people “non-human”. In São Paulo crack cocaine addicts are called zombies by the major media and common sense, and zombies are monsters, savages. The problem is that when people deal with others in these terms, human rights are not respected and that allows all.. L’articolo Broken hearts, broken souls in Maíra Bühler’s ‘Let it burn’ sembra essere il primo su GRIOT.
Tue, 20 Oct 2020 08:00:21 +0000
Still today in many societies, becoming a mother is the most important accomplishment of womanhood, while the inability to conceive is still a taboo. Set in Jordan, Give Up the Ghost (2019) is a well-written emotional tale made by celebrated Jordanian female-auteur-director Zain Duraie. It narrates the quick disintegration of Salam’s marriage to her husband Ammar (Ziad Bakri) after she finds out that she is unable to have children with him. The story, which is told through Salam’s (Maria Zreick) eyes, approaches themes such as infertility, polygamy and family exclusion. Premiered at the prestigious Venice film festival in 2019 and dubbed Best Arab Short at El Gouna, in Egypt, Give Up The Ghost rejects self-victimisation and contradicts Western clichés about countries like Jordan. Straddling both tradition and modernity, Duraie’s film is an admirable and socially committed work, which incisively criticizes patriarchy in society. Watch Give Up the Ghost Follow GRIOT on Facebook and @griotmag on Instagram. Subscribe to our newsletter L’articolo ‘Give Up The Ghost’ | Infertility, polygamy and exclusion in Zain Duraie’s short film sembra essere il primo su GRIOT.
Fri, 16 Oct 2020 07:59:15 +0000
Police violence is a major socio-political issue plaguing numerous societies. Not only in the Western world, but in many African countries, where several protests have taken place. In Nigeria as well as in the UK and in the US, Nigerian youth has marched on the streets since 2017 to protest against the brutality perpetrated by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, commonly known as SARS. Facing a growing discontent from a population who has been denouncing the SARS’ horrendous exactions for a long time, on 11th October 2020 president Muhammadu Buhari has resolved to disband the controversial police unit “with immediate effect.” PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE: The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force @PoliceNG has been dissolved WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT. The Inspector General of Police will communicate further developments in this regard. — Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) October 11, 2020 Abduction, extortion, murder, rape, torture and mock execution are among the accusations against SARS that have surfaced since 2014. Created in 1992, SARS originally aimed at tackling the rise of violent criminality in Nigeria. Unfortunately, they progressively turned into a dangerous and.. L’articolo End Sars | Infamous Nigerian SARS police unit has been disbanded sembra essere il primo su GRIOT.
Alessia Glaviano | On Photo Vogue and beauty, representation and disability, community and Italian citizenship
Thu, 15 Oct 2020 09:00:06 +0000
For those who work in fashion and photography, Alessia Glaviano should be familiar. Sicilian by birth and Milanese by adoption, she has worked for one of the most authoritative long-running publishing houses in the world,Vogue Italia, since 2001. Since she started at Vogue she has come a long way, supported in her aesthetic and social vision by both Franca Sozzani, the magazine’s iconic editor-in-chief until her passing in 2016, and by the current chief editor, Emanuele Farneti, who entrusted her with curating the aesthetics of the Vogue Italia brand. Ahead of the fifth edition of Photo Vogue Festival (30 October-22 November; 19-22 November), Alessia Glaviano and I retraced her beginnings in the fashion universe. We discussed her love for beauty and attention to social phenomena—which she remains a keen observer of— as well as the forms of protest that should find more space inside Vogue Italia and the nostalgia for a magical world that seems to be lost. GRIOT: From artistic director to artistic director, how do you live with the fact that this year’s Photo Vogue Festival will be.. L’articolo Alessia Glaviano | On Photo Vogue and beauty, representation and disability, community and Italian citizenship sembra essere il primo su GRIOT.
Meshell Ndegeocello | “Mainstream thinking isn’t relevant anymore. If you have an opportunity, take it.”
Wed, 14 Oct 2020 07:00:22 +0000
When mentioned among musicians, Meshell Ndegeocello’s name always sparks a certain sense of respect nearing devotion. Heads nod in approval and the conversation becomes a succession of examples and reasons why no one could or should say that name in vain. Being the first queer woman to appear on the cover of Bass Player Magazine, the bassist, songwriter, political activist, composer and ten-time Grammy nominee, Meshell Ndegeocello is credited with the conception of the neo-soul movement. From Tony Allen, Chaka Khan and Madonna, to the Rolling Stones, Billy Preston and Alanis Morissette (just to name a few), she has worked and collaborated with the Olympians of the international music scene and toured the world with her albums. A pillar of the R&B and neo-soul scene, her contribution is fundamental in the evolution of the most distinctive and influential genres in contemporary music. Talent, dedication, commitment, radical thinking and the ability to adapt to a world in constant evolution have led Meshell Ndegeocello to build an alternative path and to create new narratives, perspectives and lines of thought. In recent years,.. L’articolo Meshell Ndegeocello | “Mainstream thinking isn’t relevant anymore. If you have an opportunity, take it.” sembra essere il primo su GRIOT.
Tue, 06 Oct 2020 07:30:29 +0000
Set in Trinidad and Tobago, She Paradise (2019) is a sensitive and empowering short-film made by Caribbean filmmaker Maya Cozier, and co-written with Melina Brown. It features Onessa Nestor in the role of Sparkle, a young woman desperate to escape financial woes by joining a soca dance crew. Praising the beauty of sisterhood as a way for young girls to enter womanhood, She Paradise immerses us into the vibrant soca dance culture, where glitter and sparkle are on the verge poverty. It is an authentic and sincere film that unpretentiously explores themes such as the complexity of femininity, sexuality and the hyper-sexualisation of young girls, and finally, sisterhood as being as valuable, or even stronger than brotherhood. In the beautiful shots, there is something about the general aspect of this film that reminds us of a retro 1970s aesthetic. Maya Cozier’s screenplay premiered at BAM’s 5th Caribbean Film Series, was featured on Short of the Week and was screened at Cambridge University for Black History Month. It was also played at the USC School of Cinematic Arts Caribbean Showcase, and.. L’articolo Femininity, sexuality, hypersexualization and sisterhood in Maya Cozier’s ‘She Paradise’ sembra essere il primo su GRIOT.
Mon, 05 Oct 2020 08:00:43 +0000
Marcellas Reynolds has been working in fashion since forever. Starting as a shop assistant, he walked the runways of London, Paris and Milan in the mid-nineties. Of his modeling years, Reynolds recalls heartbreaking moments, like being told by modeling agents that they ‘had enough Black guys’, while representing many white male models. Or being in markets like Milan and even Miami, yet barely working. “I loved the money, the people, the work, and the camaraderie male models share. And working with some of the world’s most handsome men like Tyson Beckford, Colin Egglesfield, Boris Kodjoe, and Jason Shaw didn’t hurt either!” This passion for fashion not only nurtured a prolific career as an entertainment reporter, TV host, and wardrobe stylist but also as a writer. It is in this last role that he wrote the 2019 Book Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion. After purchasing Vogue Model: The Faces Of Fashion in 2011—a book dedicated to models who appeared on British Vogue—Reynolds said the ‘lack of recognition of the triumphs of Black models inspired [him] to write Supreme.. L’articolo ‘Supreme Models’ is an ode to the unsung Sheroes of fashion sembra essere il primo su GRIOT.
Sat, 03 Oct 2020 08:08:18 +0000
Over 30 exhibitors from 17 countries will participate in a new blended online and offline model for the upcoming 1-54 London fair. Among them, 27 exhibitors will display physical presentations in an intimate setting at Somerset House, for this edition of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair London. All exhibitors will showcase work at 1-54 Online Powered by Christie’s (which will be available from 7 to 12 October 2020; 5 and 6 October are VIP Days). 1-54 London 2020 will showcase the work of more than 110 emerging and established artists from Africa and its diaspora, working in a wide variety of mediums and from a range of geographical backgrounds. Three solo exhibitions have been announced: DuduBloom More (Berman Contemporary), Anya Paintsil (Ed Cross Fine Art) and Ekene Maduka (Polartics). 1-54 Online Powered by Christie’s will offer virtual booths that feature up to 30 works from each gallery, as well as providing a spotlight series on individual artists, all of which will be globally accessible. A curated pop-up exhibition including one seminal work from each exhibitor will take place in the.. L’articolo The 8th edition of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair is almost here sembra essere il primo su GRIOT.