Travels in Afrospace
In creating the following photo essay, students used Joseph Campbell’s important work, “The Hero with a Thousand Faces” as a template to create a narrative that would look at the pre-colonial and post-colonial Afro-Diasporan imagination. Students explored the civilizations of the Monomutapa Empire the center of which was Great Zimbabwe and Brooklyn past, present and future as the stage from which their narrative would be set. Throughout the essay names and places and are very real, and should lead the reader to do further research in understanding these facts. The story of our hero Zumbi and his travels is allegorical in intent. During the residency field trips were made to on two occasions to both the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. From a technical standpoint the students explored the world of photography through several means –High Dynamic Range, macro, projected imaging and flash photography. Camera and lenses used in the project include Nikon D90, 90mm macro prime 18-50 wide-angle and 50mm prime.
M. Scott Johnson
Resident Artist 2011
I am a New York based Sculptor, Photographer and Educator. Over the past decade, I have explored both in my own practice and through my teaching residencies, atavistic memory, social realism and Afrofuturism. This has to led to lecture and exhibition opportunities at a number of institutions including: TransAfrica Forum, Hampton University Museum, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art, The New York Botanical Gardens, The Embassy Of Ghana, The National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harvard University, Columbia University, The Grey Gallery at NYU and The New York Botanical Gardens. As an educator my residency exhibitions have traveled and been viewed by thousands at the Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center, The Town Hall NYC, The Schomburg Center, The Dwyer Center, The Williamsburg Historical Society, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art and the Library of Congress.
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