Principia exhibits South African artist on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Holt Gallery.
Elsah, Il (March 31, 2015) - South African artist, Farieda Nazier, began her American tour of her collection “Aftermath: Four Woundings and a Sequel” at Principia college on March 31, 2015 at 7:30pm. This exhibition was the start of her American tour which will continue in Massachusetts and in New York.
Nazier said, “Problems still exist in South Africa’s post-apartheid, the same problems that exist in the U.S., but where you have had the problems for forty years, we’ve only had them for twenty.”
The problems that Nazier and her work addressed are the inequalities of class and race which are linked together through a shared history of oppression. However the result of post-apartheid and segregation is apartheid-fatigue and color-blindness. She also highlighted that South Africa is still a largely patriarchal society where women face increased oppression beyond race and class. According to the artist, both refer to society’s desire to shove undesirable remnants of the past under the metaphorical carpet instead of dealing with the physical and psychological scarring left by a regime.
Nazier’s mixed media of her sculptures explored the relationship between the artist, the art, and socio-political themes and the tension that is created.
Principia Mourns the Attack on students in Garrissa, Kenya
Elsah, IL (April 7, 2015) - Principia College student, Mesh Deepak, brings Principia students together to show their support to the surviving students, and victim's families. Hundred of Prin students signed posters with sympathetic messages that were later posted on the the Kenyan government Facebook page.
Deepak, an international student from Kenya, said "We wanted to show that Principia College is thinking and praying for those affected by the Al-Shabaab attack and to raise awareness about the conflict in Kenya."
Garissa University, in Northern Kenya, was targeted by four Al-Shabaab members who shot and killed 147 students, while injuring an additional 79. The attack was a retaliation to Kenyan forces based in Somali. The students targeted were Christian; however Kenyan Muslims and Christians have denounced the attack. Uhuru Kenyatta, the president of Kenya, has told the world that Kenya will respond to the Al-Shabab attack in "the severest way possible."
Blunt and Black produced a segment on the attack on April 12, 2015.