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Tanzanian artist Rehema Chachage (Dar es Salaam, 1987) creates video, sculptural, performance and image installations which explore the theme of gender, identity, voicelessness and alienation. She graduated in 2009 with a BFA from Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. Her artistic pieces make use of ritualization, subversion and tension, reflecting the four years she spent in South Africa as a ‘cultural foreigner’ and as a black female student in a predominantly white middle-class setting.

Mizizi/Nasaba explores the state of bereavement and the politics of gender in African society when it comes to inheritance. It consists of digital prints that document a relationship between a bereaved daughter and the text that was left behind by her deceased father—which is her only true inheritance since all material inheritance (according to beliefs in most African society) is ‘ideally’ left behind for the male subjects in the family. - Rehema Chacage on her work, pictured above.

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Ten Things White People Can Do About Ferguson Besides Tweet

1. Join a peaceful protest.

They’re happening all around the country tonight, including at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, around 7 p.m. Eastern.

2. Recognize that Michael Brown’s death…

Guardians of the Galaxy suffers from the common Hollywood problem of making every single incidental character a man, from the Nova Corps officers to the space pirates to the prison guards to Ronan’s goons. The only background female character is the Collector’s assistant, whose role is to scrub things while wearing a minidress and then get blown up.


I had the opportunity to view ~30 minutes of the lovely documentary film Tejiendo Sabiduría (We Women Warriors) today.  You can find the trailer here on Vimeo.  Below is a brief description of the film from

"In Colombia’s war-torn indigenous villages, three brave women from distinct tribes use nonviolent resistance to defend their peoples’ survival. Warfare between the guerrillas, paramilitary groups, and armed forces imperils Colombia’s 102 aboriginal groups, dozens of which face extinction because of the conflict. Trapped in a protracted predicament that is fueled by the drug trade, native women are resourcefully leading and creating transformation imbued with hope. We Women Warriors bears witness to neglected human rights catastrophes and interweaves character-driven stories about female empowerment, unshakable courage, and faith in the endurance of indigenous culture.”

Portions of the film were presented during a wonderful talk given by Dr. Diana Rodríguez Quevedo of the University of Evansville.  Dr. Quevedo spoke about the continuing conflict in her native Colombia, and the pervasive violence many indigenous peoples face.  A brief Q&A session was also held after Dr. Quevedo’s talk, and it was immensely enlightening.

I’d like to pass along Dr. Quevedo’s urgings to contact your government representatives (particularly those of you in the United States, as the United States is one of the primary sources of funding in the Colombian conflict), and urge them to back peaceful measures of support.  Health and educational resources are much needed. 

Hopefully I’m able to find the time later to write a text post about how great the talk and Q&A were!  So many amazing topics were covered during the session that my mind is still a bit of a blur, trying to take all of it in and process it.  After the Q&A when I was speaking with Dr. Quevedo, she even showed me the handmade Colombian bag her mother had purchased for her as a graduation gift and it was breathtaking.  I wish I had an image of it, but truly that wouldn’t even begin to do it justice.

For now, I wanted to make sure that I at least passed on the info about Tejiendo Sabiduría (We Women Warriors).  I think a lot of you would really dig the doc.

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