Riccardo Tisci’s haunting nude outfits for the Boléro de Ravel ballet at Palais Garnier in Paris. Concept by Marina Abramovic, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet.
“Bolero is all about intensity! The music has such an intense feeling. I wanted the dancers to feel naked somehow. The costumes express two sides of me: darkness and romanticism. The dancers wear nude catsuits in illusion tulle embroidered with white lace forming a skeleton. They shed several layers as they dance just like the life cycle of animals or flowers losing their petals. They become these moving skeletons, strong and fragile at the same time.”
“A lot of people just look and see skin color. I’ve actually had people ask me was I Black or was I White first. A White gentleman came up to me and said ‘I thought you might be White, but then I saw your lips.’ One girl said to me ‘I’ve been wanting to ask you this question, but I didn’t feel comfortable asking you because I thought that you might be offended, but are you Black or are you White?’ And I was just like, ‘Well, I’m always Black.’ When we were done with the meat of the conversation, she laughed and said something about my hair and my butt gave it away. People definitely let you know that they view being Black as being very literal – the amount of pigment you have. ‘Your skin is White, therefore you’re White. Or are you?’
— Sembene McFarland
© 2012 Black Fiya Works
Renegades documents the fans of Botswana’s heavy metal subculture, an underground minority rebelling against the status quo, redrawing the borders of both heavy metal and orthodox culture in Botswana. Marshall traveled to Botswana to take portraits of the metal scene there – a small but strong one, heavily influenced by bands like Iron Maiden, Megadeath and Motörhead.
“I can’t recall one instance where they were reluctant or dubious towards my taking their portraits,” says Marshall. “In most cases they relished the opportunity to show themselves off. They are proud and wield a sort of tangible power, wrought from both the fantasy and sonic force of metal. Whereas many ‘metal heads’ can be arrogant or smugly indifferent, these guys in Botswana are very open.”
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Writing a poem can be hard, but imagine writing a poem that is a palindrome; even more difficult is to write one that is 29×29 Chinese characters. That is exactly what poet Su Hui did while she was alive from 365-427 C.E. Her palindrome poems could be read forward, backward, horizontally, vertically, and diagonally; the 841 characters could be read to total of 2,848 different ways.
Su Hui lived primarily during the Jin Dynasty and is the earliest major female figure that survives in the written tradition, even though a great deal of her work is lost forever. Though Su Hui is said to have created thousands of literary compositions, a common feat for female poets of ancient China, sadly most all of her works are lost. Only her Star Gauge survived. Star Gauge was never included in the canon of great Chinese poetry, likely because its creator and its concerns were female, and its form so unique.(poetrychina.net)
While most of Su Hui’s poems were lost, and the surviving ones reemerged only relatively recently,but the form of her composition is a thing of legend. She was wed to a man who was Governor in Gansu Province. As a man of such esteem it was common to have a concubine, which he did. This enraged Su Hui so much so that when he was located further away she refused to join him, but his concubine was happy to oblige. Su Hui was completely cut off from communications with her husband and in her sorrow she composed her palindrome poem Star Gauge and upon reading it, her husband left his concubine and returned to Su Hui. Their love is said to have been stronger than ever upon his return.
If Su Hui were a man she very well may have been regarded as one of the greatest ancient Chinese poets, but due to the sexism of ancient Chinese culture, specifically in intellectual arenas, this was a reflection of women’s placement in society. However, if she were a man she would have never experienced the life she led and may never have created the great works that she did.
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