inscribing meaning

The Color of Words IX

Currently I have no time for blogging nor for reading blogs, and I miss it. I googled “i miss my blog” and there are over 2.5 million entries, so I guess other people feel the same way, at least some times. So here is just a quickie posting The Color of Words by Ethiopian Artist Wosene Worke Kosrof and Samira’s Story by Fathi Hassan from Egypt taken from here: Inscribing Meaning: Writing an Graphic Systems in African Art

Wosene Worke Kosrof considers his recent works to be investigations into a new alphabet, one that employs a vocabulary of signs and symbols to link past with present, and Africa with the diaspora in which he works and lives. Drawing upon Ethiopian graphic systems, liturgical symbols and architectural forms as well as pan-African motifs, the artist produces richly colored and detailed canvases. Wosene’s fascination with words and the seductive forms of written signs are contemplated alongside other investigations of language and identity within modern histories of Africa.

Samira’s Story

In his works Fathi Hassan often addresses the power relations between oral practices and the written word. He places particular emphasis on the plight of lost languages, such as that of ancient Nubia, through the domination of those imposed by colonial-era policies. Most of his scripts are deliberately illegible, invented forms that allude to Arabickufic calligraphy but yield little direct information. By playing graphic symbolism against literal meaning, Hassan questions the largely Western assumption that the written word provides the best access to reality.

2 Responses to “inscribing meaning”

  1. Cleide Nascimento Says:

    It makes you think about the power of words.

  2. Sigrid Says:

    Yes, we take it for granted, but there is something fascinating about the fact that we are able to read meaning into signs.

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