Multi Moments

Inside out

This is a painting from 2017, in acrylic on canvas, 90 cm x 70 cm, influenced by Russian constructivism and Brazilian neoconcrete movement, where geometry leads everything.

OK, I’m ready and willing to carry this out

This 1976 cartoon by Edmund Valtman shows the white Southern Rhodesia Prime Minister Ian Smith (left), talking to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (right).  Under Smith’s leadership, Southern Rhodesia declared its independence from Great Britain in 1965. Only after international economic sanctions brought the country to the brink of disaster in 1976 did he reluctantly…

Gordon Parks photo, circa. 1943

In 1943, Gordon Parks, was a photographer for the Farm Services Administration documenting aspects of race in American life.  This photo was taken at a Camp in New York that was integrated long before it was acceptable.  The Camp is named for Gaylord White, a prominent progressive in New York in what was known as…

4 Multinational Dishes of African Origins

Every civilization has a set of components and rituals that define its identity. When thinking about identity, people usually examine special dresses, beliefs, and history. In this article, I want to talk about something that is one of the cornerstones of a civilization’s identity: FOOD. The dishes and meals I discuss originated in Africa but…

5 Valentine’s Day Variations Around the World

Originating in the west as a Christian feast day, Valentine’s Day traditions began in the 14th century with lovers expressing their love through exchanges of flowers, confectionery and greeting cards. Skip to the 1700s and Valentine’s Day becomes an even bigger event, triggering the date’s commercialization and growth into an internationally recognized celebration. With three…

Dolce & Gabbana: A Lesson in Cultural Sensitivity

In promoting its Shanghai runway show, Italian luxury fashion brand Dolce and Gabbana, inadvertently killed its China market via a series of tone deaf videos. Ramifications from this indicates the growing significance of cultural sensitivity in an increasingly global marketplace as well as the line between private and public thought.     The videos, depicting…

Crazy Rich Asians – A Win for Representation?

Hailed as a breakthrough for Asian American representation in Hollywood, Crazy Rich Asians was the film of 2018. Performing well both critically and commercially, the film’s entirely Asian cast brings hopes (as well as demand) for increased diversity in Hollywood. With awards season in full swing, the film is still generating important conversations on diversity…