DescriptionThis lecture will focus on the history, social aspects and cultural meaning of Tingatinga painting; East Africa’s most popular contemporary painting style.;;Eduardo Saidi Tingatinga lend his exotic and frivolous name to the style he created single handedly. He was one of the most influential artists of the African continent and probably the artist with the shortest art career in the history of the world. He started painting in 1968 and was unfortunately shot dead by the police during a run-away incident in 1972. Tingatinga influenced generations of young painters during and after his life time. These painters continue to develop his style up until today.;;Tingatinga painting became a trademark for Tanzania and work of the most prominent members of the style has been exhibited in major galleries from China over Europe to America. The Tingatinga style has recently gained world fame in Pixar animated movies and is now at KAUST for you.;;The lecture will feature a PowerPoint presentation with work of renowned Tingatinga painters such as George Lilanga, Damian Msagula and David Mzuguno and will also contain a world premiere; a short documentary film featuring a master class by the late David Mzuguno while he creates one of his last masterpieces in March 2009. The lecture will furthermore show the link between naïve arts worldwide and also touches the oeuvres of Henri ‘Le Douanier’ Rousseau, Nikifor and Grandma Moses. Finally this lecture will expand your understanding and appreciation of contemporary Visual arts as a carrier for cultural values and as a means of communication for people from different cultures and societies.
Pascal Bogaert, Belgian, obtained a masters degree in the visual arts and a teaching license from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium in 1997. He lived and work in East Africa since 1998 and I am currently the MYP and IB Visual Arts teacher at the International School of Uganda.
Wendy Williams Keyes grew up in Greater Boston and graduated with a degree in viola performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. She has taught violin and viola and performed with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Arietta String Trio, the Virginia Symphony, and most recently as principal violist with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony (of New York City). Her proficiency with regional genres has been developed through Simon Shaheen’s annual Arabic Music Retreat. Wendy’s viola is made by Luis and Clark, a Boston-based firm specializing in carbon fiber string instruments.
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