IRIS Nights Lecture Series - Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher
Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)
After Wednesday's tickets sell out online, there will not be any other tickets available until Saturday, November 10th's batch opens online at 9:30am PT.
Thirty-five years ago American-born Carol Beckwith and Australian Angela Fisher met in Kenya and began a relationship with the African continent, journeying over 270,000 miles, through 40 countries and recording 150 African cultures.
The two photographers produced 15 acclaimed books. Their defining body of work, the double volume African Ceremonies (1999), is a pan-African study of rituals and rites of passage from birth to death, covering 93 ceremonies from 26 countries. This publication won the United Nations Award for Excellence for its “vision and understanding of the role of cultural traditions in the pursuit of world peace.” Their latest book, Painted Bodies: African Body Painting, Tattoos and Scarification, Rizzoli, 2012, is a pan-African Study of the art of body painting focusing on the oldest art form of decorating the body. Used to attract the opposite sex, establish tribal identity, and access the power of the spirit world.
Aware that traditional cultures in Africa are fast disappearing, Carol and Angela are working to complete the third volume of their ongoing study of African Ceremonies. Their fieldwork will cover the remaining traditional ceremonies in the 13 African cultures in which they have not yet worked. “We feel privileged to photograph these cultures that possess a wealth of knowledge that should be celebrated, shared, and honored. It is our life passion to document and create a powerful visual record of these vanishing ways of life for future generations”
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