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Black Venus in Syracuse this Friday & Saturday

Syracuse University’s Office of the Performing Arts Presenter and Art and Civic Dialog present
The Venus Project, An Open Rehearsal of Music, Song and Visual Projections
by Composer Philip Miller and Artist Carrie Mae Weems 
joined by Director, Talvin Wilks, Author Rachel Holmes and the Syracuse Opera Resident Artists

Friday 10-1 p.m.
Saturday 12-1:30 p.m.

Friday is more like [...]

Review of Abdellatif Kechiche’s Venus Noire

(Wow–I tried to get tickets for the NYFF screenings when they went on sale today at noon but by 12:04 both shows were sold out! If anyone out there has an extra ticket for either screening on October 7 or 9 please let me know! I waited on the phone and was able to get [...]

Please let me be somewhere this is showing when it’s released

I can’t wait.
From Shadow and Act:
a shot of Yahima Torres, star of Black Venus (Venus Noire), French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche’s film centered on the story of Saartjie “Sarah” Baartman, otherwise derogatorily known as the Hottentot Venus.

Gathering Together

(Their website is not yet updated with this current exhibition, so there are no images. Apparently Thames has some recent Hottentot-based works.)
The Kravets/Wehby Gallery is pleased to announce Gathering Together a group exhibition of new work by Asad Faulwell, Yuliya Lanina, Ebony Patterson and Felandus Thames opening on Thursday, June 3 and running through July [...]

Venus symposium videos available online

VENUS 2010: They Called Her “Hottentot,” An Interdisciplinary Symposium – Welcome from NYU Photography and Imaging on Vimeo.

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  • CARLAGIRL PHOTO was founded on 14 February 1999 by Carla Willliams, a photographer, writer, and editor, born, raised and heading back to (yea!) Los Angeles, California.

    It was established with two goals: to be able to make my own work widely available for free, and to make accessible my research about artists of the African Diaspora, especially photographers, and in particular women. As it developed it grew to also include GLBTQ artists.

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