I’M POSSIBLE Burn Borders Build Bridges is the title of a unique multi-media exhibition, curated by Mallence Bart- Williams, artist, designer, entrepreneur from Sierra Leone and Germany. The exhibition is part of Art Miami Basel and opens on Thursday, 5 December, 2013, from 8 p.m. on at CU1 Gallery, 117 NE 1St Ave, Downtown Miami.
I’M POSSIBLE showcases a multifaceted exhibition of paintings, photography and mixed media installations – a collaborative effort between international artists and the Folorunsho Creative Collective – a group of former street kids that emerged from a life in the streets of post war Freetown, Sierra Leone, who today personify the transformation from – a ‘struggle for existence’ to ‘creator of one’s own destiny,’ transforming the ‘impossible’ to I’M POSSIBLE, through their art work and designs. They now support themselves through collaborations with international artists and forward thinking brands. Folorunsho is Yoruba and means: Born Under the Eye Of God.
The Folorunsho Creative Collective have worked with some of today’s most talented artists from New York City and Berlin building intercultural bridges, bringing contrasting influences and forces together onto one canvas by eliminating borders and overcoming social boundaries.
Berlin based artist Maximilian Magnus, shared his canvas with Tato G and Sahr Morsay a.k.a. The Maker, who are both imprisoned in Freetown as a result of social injustice. New York based artists Barron Claiborne and Mambu Bayo shot their subjects in Freetown while Quazi King and M. C. Ayodele Macauley incorporated materials and art work designed by the Folorunsho Creative Collective.
The result is a diversity of style and influences from the urban setting and lifestyles, which serve as the primary source of inspiration for the artists. From the streets of Freetown where creativity was an essential means of day-to-day survival, to New York City which boasts cultural diversity of the African Diaspora and Berlin, a city that embodies change and transformation, reflected by its vibrant art scene.
The opening night will feature the screening of the short movie The Rising of The Son set in the heart of Freetown, Sierra Leone starring former street kids of the Lion Base crew. The movie was directed by Patrice Bart-Williams and shot by cinematographer ShawnPeters and acclaimed visual artist BarronClaiborne. The visual masterpiece was edited by Academy Award nominee Anne Sophie Bion, who is best known for her work in the film The Artist.
The art will be auctioned in benefit of the ongoing education of the Folorunsho creative collective. The proceeds from the silent auction will enable them to continue their school and college education in Sierra Leone which they commenced in 2011 and paid for by themselves from the profits earned through their international collaborations.
Read more about the Folorunsho Creative Collective and its founder Mallence Bart-Williams on AnotherAfrica here. bw