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Maria-Christina Villaseñor

Maria-Christina Villaseñor

I have visited Germany a number of times working together with Deutsche Guggenheim through my function as the associate curator of film and media at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. I have been in the professional field for long, starting with duties in the film archive section and moving on to organizing art exhibitions. I have an academic background in Arts and have done some documentary films. However, I neither draw nor paint; I wish I had the necessary talent. I have had the opportunity to meet different artists and help in preparing exhibitions.

William Kentridge – Blackbox

Blackbox

Blackbox

Over the years, the basic art forms have been extended through the imaginative power of artists worldwide. Different shapes or forms have been created by implementing different media and objects, which inspire the viewer to perceive art from a new level of thought. An art work titled Black Box is on exhibition at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin from the 29th October 2005 till 15th January 2006. The work incorporates drawings, mechanical/kinetic objects, animations/film projections as well as German-African history in a fascinating manner. AFRITOPIC was at the exhibition’s press conference and had the opportunity to interview the South-African artist, William Kentridge and the New-York-based curator, Maria-Christina Villaseñor.

The Creative Sculptor – Stephen Lawson

Stephen Lawson

Stephen Lawson

The word ‘creativity’ is used when new ideas are needed or things of high imaginative power are achieved. Not many people are blessed with creativity. Stephen Lawson is an Afro-German blessed with artistic creativity. In a spacious atelier in Soest, Germany, Steve creates intricately beautiful sculptures using natural materials like marble, granite stones and woods. In September 2003, Afritopic editor had the opportunity to interview the soft-spoken sculptor as published below.

Afritopic: Were you into Arts early at school?

Steve: At school, I always wanted to be creative. I was good in science subjects especially in physics and initially thought of pursuing a technical career like my father. However, after my high school graduation (German Abitur), I decided to study architecture. I matriculated at the University of Bochum. Though I found architecture interesting, I realized that I wanted to be creative doing something practical. Meanwhile, a friend introduced me to painting and I started painting.

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