In his self-described “allegorical realism” style, Sloan portrays a variety of flora and fauna in theatrical tableaus. Occasionally referencing artists Martin Johnson Heade and Audubon, animals are seen interacting uneasily with items of contemporary life like clocks, power cords, books and antique china. These interactions create a quiet tension and sometimes humor as we witness these odd dramas before us. In a recent interview in American Art Collector magazine Sloan says of the animals featured in this body of work:
“They fumble with measuring devices and collect timepieces… they stare bewildered at piles of clocks and books. In these small dramas, they actively participate in the world of modern things but with a child-like irreverence. These objects, often so valuable and revered by us are just more things to stumble over and attempt to make sense of in the animal world.”
A graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts, Nascimbene illustrated more than 50 books, 300 book covers, and countless editorial pieces for publications like The New Yorker, TIME, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, Scientific American, and The Atlantic.
The practice of bride kidnapping is widespread in Kyrgyzstan and is still considered by some as a valuable tradition.
“According to these ‘traditions’, when a Kyrgyz man wants to get married, he picks a bride and starts to arrange her kidnapping. This is a grave violation of human rights. Women often experience physical violence and rape.
They feel humiliated and see themselves as property,” explains 37-year-old Kamilla, a volunteer with the Women Support Center, a grantee of the Fund for Gender Equality.
“My sister experienced all of those terrible things and once she decided to finally divorce him, she was killed by her husband.”
Her husband was subsequently convicted for murder and is serving a jail sentence. But addressing the practice of bride-kidnapping remains a challenge.
According to data by the NGO Women Support Centre, which works to eliminate violence against women, there are at least 11,800 cases of forced abduction of women and girls every year in Kyrgyzstan, with more than 2,000 of those girls reported being raped as well.
jim c. hines striking a pose
My sense is that most of these covers are supposed to convey strong, sexy heroines, but these are not poses that suggest strength. You can’t fight from these stances. I could barely even walk.
Guys, you should try it sometime. Get someone who won’t laugh at you too much to try to help you match these poses. The physical challenge is far more enlightening than anything I could say. (Wardrobe changes are optional.)
kassena village, tiébélé, burkina faso
image © rita willaert
autokoenony: a sense of being one individual among many, a distinct individual in interaction with a group
the word “autokoenony” (from the Greek “auto” meaning self and koinonia” meaning community) to invoke the idea of “a self who is both separate and connected”. It’s much like the idea of ubuntu – “I am because we are, and we are because I am.”
ubuntu: — n (South African) humanity or fellow feeling; kindness