Artists joined demonstrators occupying the Hong Kong International Airport over the weekend to create protest art in its arrival hall, transforming the airport into a makeshift art studio. Since the sit-in began on Friday 9 August, hundreds of protesters have swelled to thousands, causing the airport, which is one of the world’s busiest, to cancel all flights departing all day, Since the protests began on June 9, artists have been wondering about their role, and many have taken up the job of disseminating information to the wider public. At the airport, artists-turned-activists have been creating paintings, illustrations, and graphics to publicize the reasons for their protest. Travelers were greeted by protesters chanting “Free Hong Kong!” and were handed educational materials about the reason for the territory’s continuing civil unrest, which is entering its tenth week.
The Singh Twins unveil two new artworks
Whilst the central panel of the Twin's triptych (launched earlier this year at Manchester Museum) focused on the massacre itself which took place in the city of Amritsar in the North-West province of Punjab, the two new works (representing the left and right side panels of the triptych) largely explore the historical context, aftermath and legacies of this event whilst celebrating two key figures who responded to this major turning point in Indo-British colonial history in very different ways. Namely, Udham Singh (who avenged the oppression of his countrymen under British Rule some 21 years later by assassinating the then acting Lieutenant Govenor of Punjab Sir Michael O'Dwyer at Caxton Hall, London on March 30th, 1940) and Mahatma Gandhi for whom the massacre was a wake up call - exposing the 'true face of Empire': a revelation which changed his attitude towards the Raj and led him to intensify his campaign for Swaraj (or home rule) - triggering the beginning of the end of British colonial rule in India.
An art gallery that stands out from the rest
" JOHANNESBURG - One art gallery stands out from the rest by being for and from the artists. Collaborative ownership by a group of women keeps it afloat. Art on Kingsway in Amanzimtoti depends on member artists to pay the rent every month. This creative form of business ownership is empowering as nearly all of those involved are women. Among those to have found a new lease of life via the gallery is the curator, Brenda Pratt, who does much of the necessary organisation and co-ordination. She will be a familiar face to many people around Durban since she was an English teacher, founding member and deputy principal of Crawford College La Lucia at retirement and before that taught at Grosvenor, Queensburgh and Westville girls' high schools. She says the gallery brought meaning to the lives of many of its contributors, some of whom had retired and were looking for something to occupy their minds and bring in extra income.
visual artist Haneefah Adam's kitchen, they're put to good use. Adam, 28, is famous for presenting food in creative ways, using it to make portraits and other works of art."I have always been artistic," she tells CNN. "Growing up, my mother said I had a flair for art." A medical scientist by training, Adam first made a name for herself in 2015 when she transformed Barbie into Hijarbie - a hijab-wearing Muslim doll. Now, she's building a career out of rejigging food into art. "I do regular portraits, I sew and paint, but what excites me the most is food," she says. Adam is inspired by random things, including life experiences and culture. She sees everything around her as something that can be made into art.