Friday, 25 February 2011

The Weekend in Black and White: Stage Lighting

Rue's Friday Fragments # 17

Hi I'm Rue, the artist and voice behind Passion in the Moments / E:thos Photographic. This weekly posting is essentially an opportunity to share tid-bits, rants and observations that I have come across in the course of the week that are not really worth writing a whole article about but are interesting nevertheless. These coupled with that odd picture I have taken that doesn't really fit in anywhere, news about what's going on @ E:thos and a review of something interesting, put together in one post makes up what I call Rue's Friday Fragments. There is humour, righteous indignation, sad truths and a little of me, so something for everyone...enjoy!

African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)
ACBF is celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year and as part of their celebration they have release a new set of Capacity Building Indicators in the form of a document that was presented at their celebration in Kigali earlier this month. I am pleased to report that we provided the artwork for that publication (six images to be precise). 

10. Picture of the week
'Caring for the child'
I recently had the opportunity of taking a selection of images of this sculpture... see the full collection here

9. North Africa revolts!
It has been an interesting few months in North Africa with Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Yemen and now Libya under civil unrest. It is an unprecedented display of regular everyday people who got tired. Tired of being dictated to, tired of hunger, tired of insecurity, tired of life as they knew it and decided that enough was enough. There is something admirable and inspiring about a people from different walks of life, who can come together with a unified vision of reaching a place of self-determination and liberation from oppressive governance.

8. Elton John and Partner David Furnish adopt a baby
7. New Zealand earthquake
113 people were killed in the earthquake in New Zealand on Tuesday the BBC news reported. Police report that a further 200 people are missing, including 122 people who are all thought to have been in one building which collapsed and it is thought that no one could have survived from it. It is always such a tragedy when natural disasters occur, with no one to blame and so much loss it is so sad. My heart goes out to all the families of the victims.

6. Oscar hope for 'The King's Speech'
I love Colin Firth! And I really liked The King's Speech so this is me lending my support to this movie for best actor for Colin and best movie at this years Oscars!!!!

5. Gaddafi 
I am not sure how true this is, but I read a comment on facebook this week that states that Gaddafi has compared himself with Queen Elizabeth, saying she has ruled for 57years so while are people stressing him out? Crazy right!?! In any event, Queen Elizabeth obviously does not govern the country and the fact that Gaddafi has a host of mercenaries running around his country killing his people in a desperate attempt by him to maintain his hold over Libya. News reports state that the French Minister said that Britain and France are seeking an arms embargo and financial sanctions against Libya from the United Nations, while Obama's administration is planning their response to Gaddafi's defiance against the will of his people. 

4. Ed Kashi 
International photojournalist Ed Kashi is in Zimbabwe exhibiting his work and teaching local photojournalists. He has spent a 30 year career taking images all over the world and has been the inspiration of many a photojournalist, whilst inspiring the general public with his imagery. See more of Kashi's work on his website.

3. Cathrine Zeta Jones receives a CBE award accompanied by her family
Cathrine Zeta Jones received a Royal CBE award for her contribution to the film industry from Prince Charles recently. She has done amazingly well in her career and flown the flag for Wales / Britain, buying a home in Wales and maintaining a sense of her roots along the way. The best thing about the event was that her husband, Michael Douglas was well enough and able to attend with her after his battle with cancer last year, wishing them well... 
2. Quotable quotes...

1. Video of the Week
Lemar - Its not that easy
I remember when Lemar (British Artist) first shot to the lime light. He was shy and yet had this amazing voice and sang on a talent show with Lionel Richie. His voice is so smooth and this song has so much soul and depth and speaks of one of the complexities of love...

And that's it for this week folks! Remember you can get in touch by commenting or emailing me

Photo Friday: Open

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Nicholas Mukomberanwa's 'Caring for the child'

Nicholas Mukomberanwa is an internationally acclaimed Zimbabwean sculptor who was introduced to the international arts stage in the 1970's when he emerged from the basement of the Art Gallery of Zimbabwe, his earliest workshop, to exhibit in London, Paris and New York. His work can be seen in museums all around the world today including The Museum of Modern Art and The Museum of Man in London, the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. 

Like many Zimbabwean artists Mukomberanwa had a keen interest in the arts from a young age yet his interest and skill was left un-nurtured and he was propelled into a 'stable' career as a policeman. A chance meeting with the then director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Frank McEwen later in life, inspired him to return to his first love and he went to work building a career as a very successful sculptor. Many more like him even today in Zimbabwe struggle to earn from their art and are left discouraged and often working in full time employment in other disciplines where they have failed to make a living from their art or where it is not socially acceptable for them to be full time artists. Many never realise their dreams so Mukomberanwa's success stands as a beacon of hope for many young artists trying to breakthrough. Mukomberanwa died in 2002.

'Caring for the child' is a sculpture by Nicholas Mukomberanwa which was donated as a prize for the winning girls soccer (football) team at the Goromonzi District Girls Soccer (football) Tournament held on 28th November 2009. The winning team at that tournament was Saint Domonic's Gilrs School [Chishawasha] where I saw the sculpture and had the opportunity to capture it resulting in this selection of images.

Friday, 11 February 2011


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