On Cultural Appropriation: At The The Brew Podcast

For those who missed it, this week, your Bruja participated in Gianmichael Salvato‘s podcast The Brew, along with Chiron Armand and Richard Levy – you could not ask for finer company!

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Africa Babel: An Exhibition

This week, an astounding exhibition with over 400 African sculptures was open at a very important cultural center in Santa Cruz, the capital of our island. This meant a unique chance to enjoy a collection of art that had been never shown to the public, so we were super excited about it since it was first announced in our local newspaper. This morning we visited it, and loved it immensely – here is a selection of the most beautiful pieces, so you can enjoy this unique collection too!

Please notice that the exhibition was illuminated to be intensely atmospheric, and it really was – but that made it difficult to photograph because the lights were really low on most of the rooms.

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Wonderful beaded art from Camerun.

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Most pieces were made of wood, but there were also several ones with copper overlays like this elegant reliquary piece from Gabon.

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The collection of maternity pieces was marvellous – this one is Yoruban, from Congo.

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Closeup of a protection warrior fetish.

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Because of their fragility, there were only a couple of clay pieces – this one of a man smoking a pipe is so elegant.

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There were several example of this male+female statues from different countries, which are used to worship Ancestors. I do have a pair myself!

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The mask and helmet collection was absolutely impressive.

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How much does modern, sci-fi art owe to this?

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This piece was one of my favourites – it tells the story of Ethiopia’s kings, starting with King Solomon.

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This was another highlight for me, because several of the symbols are extremely similar to Guanche iconography.

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Such a fine, detailed work – sadly, the camera does not capture the energy some of the statues were emanating!

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This piece was life size, so you get an idea of the size of the horns. In the room, it was commanding all attention.

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The finesse on the carving in this antelope statue is another example of the absolute excellence of African sculpture.

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Closeup of another really large piece, with beautiful design and colouring. As you can see, Picasso invented nothing.

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Mystic Garden: An Exhibition

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Sor Maria De Jesus

Today, we visited Mystic Garden, a new exhibition about the life and work of Sister Maria De Jesus, a local nun which is in the process of becoming a saint after a life full of miracles, including the fact that her incorrupt body was discovered during an exhumation in 1734. She spent her life at the Saint Catherine Of Sienna monastery,  which is just two blocks away from my parents’ home, so to say that she is like family to me (and to my family) is an understatement.

I was extremely excited about this exhibition, that will be permanently homed in the monastery where she lived, now a beautiful art museum. The monastery was a cloister with no visitors allowed for five hundred years – to think that as it opened its doors this very morning, we were among the first people to walk through it since its foundation was the most exciting thing I have experience in a long while.

I took many lovely pictures for all of you – enjoy the eye candy!

Statues

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Gorgeous statue of Saint Rose Of Lima, patroness of Peru, and one of my most loved Saints.

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Lovely Holy Child, which was part of the personal belongings of Sor Maria.

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Exquisite handcarved bust of Saint Dominic Of Guzman, founder of the order to which Sor Maria belonged.

 

Paintings

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Saint Florentine Of Cartagena, sister of Saint Isidore, Saint Leander and Saint Fulgentius.

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Astounding wood divider with handpainted panels.

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Holy Child Of The Thorn. This painting suggests that Jesus had premonitions about his destiny.

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Our Lady Of The Holy Rosary. Sadly, the lights of the room did not help, and the picture does not reflect how gorgeous the colours were.

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Beautiful and tiny painting of Mary Magdalene, also part of Sor Maria’s personal collection.

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Archangel Saint Michael

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One of the oldest paintings of Our Lady Of Candelaria, and the total highlight of the exhibition for me, as I thought I’d never be able to see it in person. The lights of the exhibition were terrible, and again, did not allow for a good picture without flares.

Other Treasures

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One of the jobs of the nuns were creating silk flowers for devotional use. In the picture, the tools used to brand silk.

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These flower crowns belonged to Sor Maria. The pillow was used as a head rest after the exhumation where her incorrupt body was discovered.

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Fabulous retablo in Sor Maria’s room, with a small statue of Our Lady Of The Holy Rosary, and two glass domes with more handmade silk flowers. The room’s ceiling was really low, so this picture was a real challenge.

The Cloister’s Garden

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