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Ubuntu / I am because of you

Carrying forward Nelson Mandela’s vision

Opening    “Ubuntu / I am because of you”

Please join us for the Opening of a Group Exhibition:
Thursday 1 May  2014  from 6-9pm

Articsók Gallery
1697 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6N 1J2

Exhibition1 1 May – June 14, 2014
Gallery Hours Wednesday-Saturday 12 pm – 6 pm

Phone: +1 416 651 5020
Web: www.articsokgallery.com
Email:  info@articsokgallery.com

 

Ubuntu – Nelson Mandela’s vision of connection, community and mutual caring for all constituted his legacy. “Mandela said often that the gift of prison was the ability to go within and to think, to create within himself the things he most wanted for South Africa: peace, reconciliation, harmony. through this act of intense open-heartedness, he was to become the embodiment of what is South Africa we call “Ubuntu / I am because of you.” – Boyd Varty

UBUNTU (Nguni Bantu term meaning: “human-ness”)

This group exhibition was initiated and conceived as a way of honoring and carrying forward the vision of one of the world’s most famous human rights campaigners and political prisoners as well as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. Nelson Mandela’s vision of connection, community and mutual caring for all constituted his legacy.

His passionate and unrelenting striving for a better world in which social justice, gender plus racial equality and all human rights are respected and given the highest priority, survive in many souls to this day!

“Mandela said often that the gift of prison was the ability to go within and to think, to create within himself the things he most wanted for South Africa: peace, reconciliation, harmony. Through this act of intense open-heartedness, he was to become the embodiment of what in South Africa we call ‘Ubuntu / I am because of you’….”

Ubuntu is a beautiful and old concept. According to Wikipedia, at its most basic, Ubuntu can be translated as “human kindness,” but its meaning is much bigger in scope since it embodies the ideas of connection, community, and (emphatically) caring for everyone.

Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee once defined using slightly different words than Varty: “I am what I am because of who we all are.”1

“Mandela made it clear that we did not have to accept the world as it is – that we could do our part to seek the world as it should be.” 2

He was extremely patient and persevering in his efforts to rid South Africa from its vicious apartheid regime.

His dedication and ideals were clearly articulated: “Any man or institution that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose because I will not part with it at any price or under pressure.

To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others”3

This is a diverse collection of works originating from many cultural backgrounds.

Our hope is that it will act as a catalyst for asking fundamental questions about humanity, freedom and the role of the artist in bringing about visible, positive and peaceful social change.

Potentially, what role can artists assert in a climate of indifference, silence and prejudice?

Our gallery’s vision was and continues to be to tackle and address internationally, the many faces of intolerance in our world, regardless of location! “Art is not entertainment, at its best it’s a revolution”4

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for them-selves – President Abraham Lincoln expressed this over 130 years ago!

Sadly, if one looks today at the treatment of the Roma in Eastern Europe, France, Italy, Spain and the Czech Republic, the recruitment and involvement of child-soldiers for armed conflicts in Africa or the aboriginal children’s fate in New Zealand, we come to the realization that we all are faced with a continuing, substantial and extremely challenging assignment!

The provocatively timely aspect of these works reverberate of eclecticism. Their collective strength speaks of triggering our conscience sufficiently and deeply enough to act decisively while remembering the 27 years of incarcerated struggle of the man often addressed as ‘Madiba’.

Audemus jura nostra defendere (We dare to defend our rights)…
1.    Boyd Varty: Talk/Ted.com: ‘What I learned from Nelson Mandela’
2.    Nelson Mandela, Conversations with Myself, Doubleday Canada, Toronto, Ontario, 2010, Foreword p.xi
3.    Nelson Mandela, 1918-­‐2013; ‘A rare vision of magnanimity’ Boston Globe, Dec 6, 2013
4.    PEN Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture/Cooper Union’s Great Hall (in, Manhattan), May 6, 2012  – Salman Rushdie

A Collective Human Experience

Opening    “A Collective Human Experience”

Please join us for the Opening of a Group Exhibition:
Saturday 5th April 2014  from 2pm until 4 pm

The Front Gallery,
12312 Jasper Avenue Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

The artist may be in attendance
Exhibition: 5 April –  21 April, 2014
Hours Tuesday – Saturday 10:0 – 17:00

Tél. +1 780-488-2952 – info@thefrontgallery.com

“Arte è felicità” San Donato Milanese

Opening    “Arte è felicità” “L’art, c’est le bonheur”

Please join us for the Opening of a Group Exhibition:
Saturday 22nd February 2014  from 6pm

The Contemporary Art Gallery “V. Guidi”  Cascina Roma,
Piazza delle Arti, San Donato Milanese, Italy

The artist will be in attendance
Exhibition: 23 February – March 16, 2014
Hours Monday – Saturday 9:30 – 12:30 / 14:30 – 18:30 – Sunday 10:30 – 12:30 / 16:30 – 19:00

Tél. +377 97 70 26 72 – comiteaiapunesco@libello.com

 

Vernissage sabato 22 febbraio alle 18h
Exhibition: 23 febbraio – 16 marzo, 2014

Galleria d’Arte “V. Guidi” Cascina Roma, Piazza delle Arti,  San Donato Milanese, Italia

da lunedì a sabato 9.30-12.30/14.30-18.30 – domenica 10.30-12.30/16.30-19
Tel. 0252772409 – cultura@comune.sandonatomilanese.mi.it
Tél. +377 97 70 26 72 – comiteaiapunesco@libello.com

Join Us for Some Festive Cheer

December 19, 2013    Holiday Season Celebration Continental Art Fair Gallery

Please join us for some festive cheer at The Continental Art Fair Gallery in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat

Thrusday 19th of December 2013 from 7pm

jeudi 19 décembre 2013 à partir de 19h

3, Avenue Jean Mermoz SAINT JEAN CAP FERRAT, France

FREDERIC PONT frederic@continentalartfair.com

Exhibition l’eau à l’œuvre

Salon 2013    l’eau à l’œuvre  Comité National Monégasque de l’AIAP – UNESCO

VERNISSAGE   jeudi 21 novembre 2013 à partir de 18h 30

EXPOSITION    22 novembre au 08 décembre 2013
tous les jours de  13 h à 19 h

Salle d’Exposition, 4 Quai Antoine 1er,  Port de Monaco

Exposition des Artistes du Comité National Monégasque de l’AIAP – UNESCO

 

Rouge Gallery September 2013

Blake Ward  New Exhibition – The Space Between – at the Rouge Gallery September 14th to October 12th 2013

The Spirits Collection explores the figure from a conceptual perspective illustrating our cerebral complexity and abstracting the physical form by portraying only fragments of the whole.

#200 – 245  3rd Avenue South
Saskatoon Saskatchewan S7K 1M4  Canada
Phone: +1 306-955-8882

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 12pm-5pm

 

Art Fair at Cap Ferrat

Blake will be exhibiting some pieces from his Early Work collection at the Continental Art Fair located in the Salle Neptune at St Jean Cap Ferrat from 18th – 28th June, 2013.

Opening hours: 10 am – 3pm Monday to Saturday, 11am – 2pm Sundays

Cocktail reception: 20th June at 7:30 pm (all are welcome)

The artist will be in attendance.

 

Blake Sculpture at Quais des Antoine

An Exhibition of New Work by sculptor Blake Ward in Monaco at the AIAP UNESCO

Comite National Monegasque

International Association des Arts Plastiques

!st Floor, 10 Quai Antoine 1er, ,98000 Monaco

Thursday 13 September 2012 – 22 September 2012

Blake Sculpture in Saint Tropez

Gallery De L’Omeau

Place Omeau – Saint Tropez

An Exhibition of Sculpture by Blake Ward

25th  June 2012 through 30th  September 2012

Gallery Hours: Open Daily 10:00 am – 13:00 pm and 16:00 pm – 22:00 pm

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