Visit of the ‘In & Out side life stories’ exhibition with students@The French Alliance

On the wednesday 12th of November, I have organized a visit for the secondary school French school at the Alliance française of Dar es Salaam. We went to see tthe exhibition ‘In and Out Side Life Stories’ by Jan Van Esch and Ephrem Salomon.

With the teacher’s team, we prepared several activities to work on during and after the visit which where linked to our different subject: French, History and Art History.

– Express the feeling about an artwork

– Imagine, tell the story of an artwork

– Write a short biography of the artists.

– Question about a poem of Jane Campion (mentioned in the subtitles of one artwork)

– Creation of a word in Amaric Alphabet (Ethiopian’s artist) to describe the exhibition

– Questions and definitions linked to a text about Lalibella churches

– Analysis of a song of Van Morrison (mentioned in the subtitles of one artwork)

 

Then the teenagers met the artist for an art talk.

Here is also an article I wrote in French about the exhibition:

J’ai rencontré Jan Van Esch comme artiste avant de le connaître comme directeur de Centre culturel. J’ai tout de suite été touchée par ses compositions abstraites qui me rappellent les tableaux de Nicolas de Stael, tant par la frénésie du processus de création que par leurs inspirations. J’y ai perçu un amour infini de la nature et un lien indéniable avec son ancrage urbain. Le bois morcelé connaît entre ses mains une nouvelle vie par un acte de création, souvent nocturne, agîté et tempêtueux à l’image de ce cerveau en perpétuelle activité.

La première fois que j’ai vu les oeuvres d’Ephrem Solomon, je me rappelle avoir été comme aspirée pas une série de portraits graphiques dont on ne peut se détourner. Comment traduire ces émotions, à mi chemin entre l’absence totale de sentiments et une sorte de solitude projetée sur un alphabet dont nous n’avons pas les clés. Des images répétées comme des symboles du temps qui passe, de l’abandon dans lequel nous laisse une société qui ne s’arrête plus pour percevoir le rythme qui la meut.

‘In and Out Side Life Stories’ est un échange passioné qui raconte des histoires anonymes comme si des bribes de correspondance conservées précieusement avaient été retrouvées pour être relues des années après. Il dépeind l’ambivalence des sentiments et nous questionne sur la contradiction entre profondeur et superficialité, populaire et intime, extraversion et pudeur dans un monde où la surconsommation ne laisse plus que très peu de place pour ces formes de communications désuettes face au règne de l’image et de l’instant. Savoir ne rien faire est un plaisir oublié. Eprouver la douceur de vivre ne sera peut-être bientôt plus qu’une aptitude qui nous laissait autrefois une respiration pour appréhender nos croyances. Aurait-on peur d’affronter le silence et d’écouter le métronome de notre libre-arbitre?

Delphine Buysse

Scenography worskshop@the French preschool

 

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Every year, the French school organize a show to celebrate the end of the school. This time, the pre school asked me to make a scenography project with them. As the topic was Brazil, we have decided to build a bird pieces by pieces during one week

Thanks to those little ones for the very funny, tender and excited moments we have spent together.

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Mother’s day workshop@Alt Del studio

For the Mother’s day, I have been asked to make a special project with the children of the last preschool group (6 years old-Grande Section).

The work was based on the feelings. « Have you ever seen your mother crazy, angry, sad, happy, in love…? ». The children had to draw funny mother in those different feelings…Then we selected the funniest for the collective artwork but they kept their favorite picture for the gift card.

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The week after, they came to visit the studio. The had a initiation to screen printing and they could finally print their present themselves.

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Before the Mother’s day, the children invited me at a very nice breakfast to give the present to their mother.

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Tribute to Rimbaud@The French secondary School

6th grade (11 to 12 years old)

9th grade (14 to 15 years old)

 

Tribute to Christo & Jeanne-Claude@the French secondary school

For the April’s fool, the secondary school have worked on installations. The theme ‘tribute to Christo and Jeanne-Claude’ has been adapted by each age group.

The 6th grade (12 years old teenagers): Lollipop tree

The 7th grade (13 years old teenagers): Newspaper office

The 8th grade (14 years old teenagers): Moto sandwich

The 9th grade (15 years old teenagers): Post-it car (the director’s one)

Curating workshop@Nafasi Art Space

This training was proposed within the framework of the project “Skills for the creative Industry Support Services” subsidized by the European Commission, in partnership with The British Council and The French Alliance of Arusha at the Nafasi cultural center.

The project has the aim to increase the potential of Tanzanian creative industries and to strengthen the Tanzanian cultural sector by building capacity in areas of administration and technical skills to support artists in their work.  It is also looking to increase employability and enhance marketable skills of these individuals which help the creative industry at large.

Introduction and Basics of Curating Art Shows

The training was designed for individuals who helm a position in organizing art shows, gallery set up, etc.

– It started with some contemporary art history and questioned the link between art and philosophy or psychology.

– Then, the term ‘curating’ was defined with examples and discussions.

– Furthermore, the training broached an introduction to the ethic of curating, the deontology and the basics of the market’s rules.

– And at the end there was some practical exercises setting up an exhibition: administration, finance, scenography, communication, mediation, etc.

Congratulations and many thanks to my wonderful and very assiduous 15 students who did pass the test with 75% at least!!!