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Back in February, Agnes Hansella completed a staggering trio of macramé installations. The monumental works are a facet of the Jakarta-based artist’s practice, which spans large-scale pieces and smaller wall hangings extending a few feet wide. “I would like to not cage myself to a certain style, so in every piece, I really let my instinct do most,” she tells Colossal. “I always think of art as something that keeps evolving. It’s like a relay race where I’m one part that connects the past and future.”

No matter the size, each of Hansella’s works demonstrates an extensive repertoire as she blends dyed and natural threads into wildly varied combinations of twists, knots, and ties. The elaboratey woven pieces range from geometric shapes and abstracted rainbow glitches to a vast mountain landscape, which are direct products of the sights and sounds she’s encountered … Read the rest

Nigerian gospel singer, Tope Alabi is trending on social media for her criticism of fellow gospel artist, Yinka Alaseyori‘s hit single, ‘Oniduro Mi‘.

The video of Tope Alabi saying this surfaced on the internet on Saturday, the 12th of June 2021. The singer who is also a pastor was preaching to a congregation when she made the statement. She explained that she loves Yinka Alaseyori’s ‘Oniduro Mi‘ but was cautioned by the Holy Spirit against it. In her words;

When you can see all the wonderful things God has done, and someone will now call him “Oniduro“. God is not my own guarantor! God is more than a guarantor. I like the song too but the day I tried to sing it, the Holy Spirit shut me up. He is more than a guarantor. I’m not trying to say the song is not

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More than two dozen looted artifacts were returned to Cambodia by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr., on Friday, in a move that officials said was intended to restore cultural heritage to the country. The 27 repatriated artifacts are estimated to be worth $3.8 million.

Among the objects returned were statues of Shiva and Buddha, as well as artifacts dating back to Cambodia’s Angkor era, which lasted from the 9th to the 15th century.

In a statement, Vance said, “The repatriation of these 27 stunning relics to the people of Cambodia restores an important link between the nation’s classical Angkor era and its modern customs and beliefs that, for far too long, was disrupted by the greed of stolen antiquities traffickers.”

Twenty-four of the artifacts were obtained in connection with an investigation into disgraced dealer Subhash Kapoor and his network. Kapoor, who operated the New York gallery Art of the … Read the rest

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The 60s is known as the golden age of pop, a time when this music was fresh and new, a time too when some of the best guitar music was made by legendary groups like The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Baiju Bawra, featuring Meena Kumari & Bharat Bhushan, is a landmark musical in Bollywood history. It ushered in an era of songs based on classical ragas, often referred as the ‘Golden Era’ of Bollywood music. The Colonna Family continues to be important in Rome and Naples, especially at the family palace, Palace Colonna. It is a popular tourist attraction and art lover’s paradise, housing a large gallery of art works … Read the rest

Corrie Francis Parks’s absorbing stop-motion short “Foreign Exchange” is all about perspective. Through a continuously evolving landscape of minuscule stones and banknotes, mini-universes emerge that meld the two materials into culturally significant tableaus. “Between the dazzling layers of currency and sand lie connections that can be mined in infinite ways. Each person who views this film will unearth different associations filtered through their worldly experience and national background,” Parks says.

Although the sand shown is small in quantity—Parks can hold all of it in her two hands—it’s sourced from more than 50 countries just like the paper currency, and both materials converge in a perpetual juxtaposition of culture, economics, and nature. The rocks flow across the screen like water and animals, while the colorful collages of ripped money contrast distinct national figures and heritage against a universal economic backdrop. “Canada’s interstellar pride meshes with the gothic arches of Prague’s St. … Read the rest

To assert culpability, one must show that the peoples in societies and cultures past had the means to establish customs other than the ones they did.

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Perhaps you’re wondering what are the best easy piano songs to learn? This is a very lovely hub, Peggy! picplzthumbs I’ve been to most of these California National Parks, and it’s hard to pick just one favorite place. They’re all amazing. I love all the photos in this hub; they made me want to go to the parks I have not yet visited and revisit the ones I’ve already been to. This number is unique, simply because it brought together two young singers who were destined to achieve legendary fame in classical vocal music. Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, one of the greatest Indian classical singers, joins Mannade, one of the greatest singers of Bollywood songs based on Hindustani classical … Read the rest

Nigerian singer, Wizkid is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the release of his debut album, ‘Superstar‘. For this, he has dropped a documentary titled ‘A Superstar Made in Lagos‘.

The new documentary was released on Saturday, the 12th of June 2021. In the main video, Wizkid give some insight into his life, love and music career so far. Speaking on how growing up was for him, he said;

I was the last born of the house, I wasn’t a spoilt last baby but I got my way sometimes. Growing up in a very spiritual home in Lagos really opened my mind. My dad is Muslim, my mom is Christian. I used to go to the mosque with my dad, and go to the church with my mom. That really just opened my mind, that the biggest religion in life is love. The most important thing to

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A stamped seal in the ancient village of Tel Tsaf dating to the 5th millennium B.C.E. has been unearthed, according to a study in the journal Levant by archaeologists Michael Freikman and David Ben-Shlomo, of the University of Ariel and Yosef Garfinkel of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, respectively.

Of the nearly 150 seals that have been uncovered at the Tel Tsaf site, this one is the only stamped one. Additionally, it is the oldest stamped seal ever recovered in Israel.

In the 5th millennium B.C.E., Tel Tsaf wealthy inhabitants had the means to purchase goods from Mesopotamia, Turkey, Egypt, and the Caucasus. The study suggests that the stamped seal could be a sign of the region’s rich trade system, and that it was related to administrative practices. A seal would have been used to identify an individual, so it may have been used to authenticate documents.

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I love all the cat portraits and also your commentary. Thanks for sharing! Claude Lorrain (1600-1682) was born into poverty in Champagne, France, but spent most of his life in Rome.

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The R2V conversion process starts with a high quality scan. I enjoy the curious composition of this painting. The figures appear to be caught in mid-activity, as if they have been interrupted. The full, elegant gowns of the females against a background of rectangular shapes (paintings, doorway, mirror, and canvas) is very eye-catching. The woman on her knees seems to be trying to persuade the little girl to turn around and pose for the artist (a self-portrait of Velazquez). picplzthumbs I enjoy the stark contrast of the beautiful, dainty doll-like little girl and the dwarves and dog. cr8ve1— Thank you! I love this period of the history of painting. Rubens, Murillo, … Read the rest

“Losing the last rights” (2021), oil on canvas, 200 x 120 centimeters. All images © Stamatis Laskos, shared with permission

Fantastically tall figures with elongated limbs and torsos inhabit the distorted, mysterious realities painted by artist Stamatis Laskos (previously). The highly stylized artworks, which extend upwards of six feet, imagine a universe marred by unknown destruction: an elderly man wades through waist-high water while fire burns in the background, a woman retrieves a human skeleton from a flood, and a self-portrait shows the artist shielding his eyes with detached hands. Working with Earth tones and an implied dim light, Laskos shrouds each scene with shadow, which obscures the figures’ faces and casts an eerie tension over the degraded environments.

At once distant and deeply personal, each painting draws on ideas of collective unconscious and Jungian archetypes, whether portrayed through wise figures, an apocalypse, or the unification of opposing forces. … Read the rest