Sometimes people can be heard saying “I am (this)” or “I am (that)”.
I am a colour, or a profession; some even a religious belief, or a football team.
Observing this phenomenon among people drew the attention to some of the many barriers, borders, and limitations being carried around in LV bags, Carvello’s, BMW’s and Audi’s. The type of lines that separate one from another, us from each other.
Have you ever seen yourself in another, or One in another? Have you ever seen One in All?
“Artistic creation in general will take a more spontaneous approach as we expect to address the borders that exist between artists, the subject of their creation and the audience.” – More
What would that look like? What kind of experience would that be? If there were no borders on the map or in our heads what kind of world would we live in? It would be such a completely foreign experience that at the very least it would be amazing. It was this graffiti-illustrated train of thought rumbling through the City of Gold of my cranium. Resonating the vibration on the tracks of the
conversation I had with the Brother Breeze about painting the world Black.
Breeze Yoko is currently realising his vision of painting a wall in every country he moves through. This is a beautiful thing. And so is his art.
Brother Breeze and his art are visibly blowing across the continent on what is possibly one of the most exciting roadtrips I’ve never gotten to go on: A trans-continental roadtrip across Africa into Europe. From Lagos to Sarajevo.
What a dope idea to execute. These cats are going through 21 countries including:
“Nigeria, Republic of Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Senegal, Mauritania, Western Sahara, Morocco, Spain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and eventually Bosnia.” – More
An African cocktail of artists from across the continent travelling through borders while being inspired by new experiences of people, places, things, and themselves; all the while creating as they go. All of this getting documented and archived for the rest of us to experience.
“These interactions and exchanges will give rise to the form in which the ﬁnal work of the artists manifests both in creation and presentation.”
The amount of borders being relegated to the past tense in the experience of the people that this initiative’s travelling art ensemble will touch is significant. The borders between countries, people, and the borders in individuals, within themselves, that get between whom one is and who one could be are being challenged in this common experience.
The roadtrip is engaging with reﬂections “ upon the contrast between preconceived notions and freshly acquired perceptions for every displacement through places and people.” – More
Some of the ways in which the artists will be engaging with the communities they pass through is through exhibitions, talks, conferences, and presentations specifically dealing with trans-cultural exchange.
The Project is called: Invisible Borders Trans-African Road Trip Project, 2014, 5th Ed.
You can follow the journey Invisible Borders // The Trans-African Photography Project and you can stay connected on a handheld device by downloading the app at HERE […] and together we can render the imaginary borders between us invisible.
Breeze has been painting the world black throwing up these pieces across the Motherland. On the official participants page of the Invisible Borders Trans-African Road Trip Project, 2014, 5th Ed.His work is described as being, “… informed by global street culture and the universal language of hip-hop. It is concerned with pan-Africanism, and the reclaiming and forging of old and new “schemes, forms and strategies” (as Biko put it) in the realms of culture and politics.” –More
You can find out more about the other artists on the official website. Breeze has asked for help in connecting him with people in the countries that the roadtrip pass through that will help him find legal walls where he can paint a piece. The trip schedule can be found where x marks the spot.
[…] and together we can render the imaginary borders between us invisible.
Peace. Salaam. Awe_H