Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Literally "Happy chance," but it means "Nice to meet you" in Arabic. (I chose the name when I was living in Egypt.)

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Tagged art:

ardatli asked: I've been through your 1500s tag and not found what I needed, so I'm hoping you can point me in the direction of something I've missed. Have you come across any contemporary images of WOC from the 16th cen in middling class -> aristocratic dress? England/France preferably, but I'll take anything you've got! This powerpoint of mine desperately needs some variety on the female side.

alaynyala:

medievalpoc:

Hmmm. I might not have exactly what you’re looking for, but i’ll do my best.

*rubs hands together*

Women of Color!!!! 1500s or as close as possible!!!! European!!! Fancy-Looking Ladies Only!!!! Aaaaand….GO!

1500s, Italy:

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1500s, Netherlands:

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1500s, Italy/England:

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1600s, Netherlands:

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1400s, France:

image

1600s, Netherlands (Rubens):

image

1600s, Holland:

image

1500s, Germany:

image

1600s, Scotland:

image

1500s (ish), France:

image

image

Italy, 1600s:

image

1600s, Netherlands/Belgium:

image

image

1600s, Germany:

image

1500s, Netherlands:

image

1400s, Netherlands:

image

1600s, Netherlands:

image

And:

image

1600s, Germany:

image

1600s, Netherlands/Belgium:

image

1500s, Holland:

image

1500s, Italy:

image

1500s, Italy:

image

1600s, Italy:

image

1600s, Netherlands/Belgium:

image

1500s, Germany:

image

1500s, Italy:

image

1500s, Italy:

image

More info at the links. I hope that helps?

I love this post so much…I’m actually crying a little bit. This is literally the very first time I am seeing women who look like me in art I *wish* I could have studied in art school. I am currently in debt from pursuing a degree that is largely indifferent to the history of my people, especially our women. Instead of memorizing and writing essays discussing the same images of the same white people over and over again why couldn’t we have learned about these beautiful renderings? I feel largely betrayed but inspired.

I am so excited to research these works independently and share what I learn with other POCs of all ages. Especially the young ones. I may start teaching again because of this post. This very well may have been just the spark I need to start some bitchin’ fires.

Apr 18
Apr 18

sunnnyali:

By Palestinian artist  Shadi Al zaqzouq

Apr 14
sunnnyali:

By Palestinian artist  Shadi Al zaqzouq

joerudko:

found photograph, graphite, on paper

Apr 05
joerudko:

found photograph, graphite, on paper

bobbycaputo:

Urban Orbs In A Dystopian World

I don’t know about you, but when I look at these floating orbs painted by Japanese artist Sashie Masakatsu I can’t help but see dystopian Death Stars. It’s like the Star Wars Empire took place not that long ago and it happened nearby Hong Kong’s Kowloon walled city. Here we see conglomerations of high street shops, air conditioning units, vending machines and smoke stacks all rolled into a floating planet of urban detritus. Below the colorful orbs, scrap heaps of grey urban rubble is strewn about the often burning landscape. Is this the origin of the floating worlds we are witnessing?

(Continue Reading)

Apr 03

showslow:

Dispatchwork, Lego street art around the world by Jan Vormann.

Mar 31

red-lipstick:

Pedro Ruiz (b. 1957, Bogotá, Colombia)      Paintings: Acrylics, Resin on Canvas

Mar 27

medievalpoc:

Unknown Italian Artist

Bust of a Moor

Italy/England (c. 1600)

Carved Agate Bust with Gold, Enamel, and Diamonds

Burghley Collections

Mar 26
medievalpoc:

Unknown Italian Artist
Bust of a Moor
Italy/England (c. 1600)
Carved Agate Bust with Gold, Enamel, and Diamonds
Burghley Collections

sherdoc-and-others:

chazzfox:

cijithegeek:

kyssthis16:

yeezysdisciple:

youngbertreynolds:

thempress:

image

Maybe put it on a canvas instead of someone’s property, and we can all be happy.

who paying for these canvases or the art programs so these kids can have that? Why should it matter if these run down buildings that never get fixed up anyway get graffiti’d? 

Therein lies the issue. Art programs, both visual and performance based, are the first programs to be cut. Canvas ain’t cheap. Neither are the supplies. Much of the graffiti that takes place IS on buildings that are run down. The gov’t didn’t place any value on these properties and yet get pissy with dudes “vandalizing” their shit. You can’t have it both ways, ya dig. 

My father was a garment contractor in LA. In the late 80s, he owned the building where he had his factory. He thought it would be a cool idea to commission local graffiti artists, usually young Black and Latino men looking to stay out of trouble, to paint murals on his buildings. After all, he runs a garment design/manufacturing company, and creative signage is great advertising.

One day, he showed up to the building and the city just painted over the murals without permission or notice.

First, the city told him he couldn’t have graffiti art on HIS building because it brought down property value. After he complained, then they said: ok you can do this, but you need a permit. After he got the permit, then the city said: ok, but you can only use these artists.  Of course, these artists were all White graphic design students from USC, and of course they charged 3x more.

There is a prejudice against this type of art, and it’s racial.  Banksy vandalizes folks buildings all the time, and folks treat him like the Messiah. He ain’t doing nothing new that Black and Brown folks haven’t done for decades.

This whole post…I just find it really interesting! And sad, too, but good thing to read.

I wrote a report on banksy and how he’s idolized while these other “vandals” are discriminated against.

Mar 25
sherdoc-and-others:

chazzfox:

cijithegeek:

kyssthis16:

yeezysdisciple:

youngbertreynolds:

thempress:



Maybe put it on a canvas instead of someone’s property, and we can all be happy.

who paying for these canvases or the art programs so these kids can have that? Why should it matter if these run down buildings that never get fixed up anyway get graffiti’d? 

Therein lies the issue. Art programs, both visual and performance based, are the first programs to be cut. Canvas ain’t cheap. Neither are the supplies. Much of the graffiti that takes place IS on buildings that are run down. The gov’t didn’t place any value on these properties and yet get pissy with dudes “vandalizing” their shit. You can’t have it both ways, ya dig. 

My father was a garment contractor in LA. In the late 80s, he owned the building where he had his factory. He thought it would be a cool idea to commission local graffiti artists, usually young Black and Latino men looking to stay out of trouble, to paint murals on his buildings. After all, he runs a garment design/manufacturing company, and creative signage is great advertising.
One day, he showed up to the building and the city just painted over the murals without permission or notice.
First, the city told him he couldn’t have graffiti art on HIS building because it brought down property value. After he complained, then they said: ok you can do this, but you need a permit. After he got the permit, then the city said: ok, but you can only use these artists.  Of course, these artists were all White graphic design students from USC, and of course they charged 3x more.
There is a prejudice against this type of art, and it’s racial.  Banksy vandalizes folks buildings all the time, and folks treat him like the Messiah. He ain’t doing nothing new that Black and Brown folks haven’t done for decades.

This whole post…I just find it really interesting! And sad, too, but good thing to read.

I wrote a report on banksy and how he’s idolized while these other “vandals” are discriminated against.

seanmundy:

"Sigil" by Sean Mundy , 2014 | Flickr / Facebook

Mar 25
seanmundy:

"Sigil" by Sean Mundy , 2014 | Flickr / Facebook

ardatli asked: I've been through your 1500s tag and not found what I needed, so I'm hoping you can point me in the direction of something I've missed. Have you come across any contemporary images of WOC from the 16th cen in middling class -> aristocratic dress? England/France preferably, but I'll take anything you've got! This powerpoint of mine desperately needs some variety on the female side.

alaynyala:

medievalpoc:

Hmmm. I might not have exactly what you’re looking for, but i’ll do my best.

*rubs hands together*

Women of Color!!!! 1500s or as close as possible!!!! European!!! Fancy-Looking Ladies Only!!!! Aaaaand….GO!

1500s, Italy:

image

1500s, Netherlands:

image

1500s, Italy/England:

image

1600s, Netherlands:

image

1400s, France:

image

1600s, Netherlands (Rubens):

image

1600s, Holland:

image

1500s, Germany:

image

1600s, Scotland:

image

1500s (ish), France:

image

image

Italy, 1600s:

image

1600s, Netherlands/Belgium:

image

image

1600s, Germany:

image

1500s, Netherlands:

image

1400s, Netherlands:

image

1600s, Netherlands:

image

And:

image

1600s, Germany:

image

1600s, Netherlands/Belgium:

image

1500s, Holland:

image

1500s, Italy:

image

1500s, Italy:

image

1600s, Italy:

image

1600s, Netherlands/Belgium:

image

1500s, Germany:

image

1500s, Italy:

image

1500s, Italy:

image

More info at the links. I hope that helps?

I love this post so much…I’m actually crying a little bit. This is literally the very first time I am seeing women who look like me in art I *wish* I could have studied in art school. I am currently in debt from pursuing a degree that is largely indifferent to the history of my people, especially our women. Instead of memorizing and writing essays discussing the same images of the same white people over and over again why couldn’t we have learned about these beautiful renderings? I feel largely betrayed but inspired.

I am so excited to research these works independently and share what I learn with other POCs of all ages. Especially the young ones. I may start teaching again because of this post. This very well may have been just the spark I need to start some bitchin’ fires.

sunnnyali:

By Palestinian artist  Shadi Al zaqzouq
sunnnyali:

By Palestinian artist  Shadi Al zaqzouq

sunnnyali:

By Palestinian artist  Shadi Al zaqzouq

joerudko:

found photograph, graphite, on paper
joerudko:

found photograph, graphite, on paper

joerudko:

found photograph, graphite, on paper

bobbycaputo:

Urban Orbs In A Dystopian World

I don’t know about you, but when I look at these floating orbs painted by Japanese artist Sashie Masakatsu I can’t help but see dystopian Death Stars. It’s like the Star Wars Empire took place not that long ago and it happened nearby Hong Kong’s Kowloon walled city. Here we see conglomerations of high street shops, air conditioning units, vending machines and smoke stacks all rolled into a floating planet of urban detritus. Below the colorful orbs, scrap heaps of grey urban rubble is strewn about the often burning landscape. Is this the origin of the floating worlds we are witnessing?

(Continue Reading)

Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Posted on Monday March 31st 2014 at 06:01pm. Its tags are listed below.

showslow:

Dispatchwork, Lego street art around the world by Jan Vormann.

red-lipstick:

Pedro Ruiz (b. 1957, Bogotá, Colombia)      Paintings: Acrylics, Resin on Canvas

Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Posted on Wednesday March 26th 2014 at 04:31pm. Its tags are listed below.

medievalpoc:

Unknown Italian Artist
Bust of a Moor
Italy/England (c. 1600)
Carved Agate Bust with Gold, Enamel, and Diamonds
Burghley Collections
medievalpoc:

Unknown Italian Artist
Bust of a Moor
Italy/England (c. 1600)
Carved Agate Bust with Gold, Enamel, and Diamonds
Burghley Collections

medievalpoc:

Unknown Italian Artist

Bust of a Moor

Italy/England (c. 1600)

Carved Agate Bust with Gold, Enamel, and Diamonds

Burghley Collections

sherdoc-and-others:

chazzfox:

cijithegeek:

kyssthis16:

yeezysdisciple:

youngbertreynolds:

thempress:



Maybe put it on a canvas instead of someone’s property, and we can all be happy.

who paying for these canvases or the art programs so these kids can have that? Why should it matter if these run down buildings that never get fixed up anyway get graffiti’d? 

Therein lies the issue. Art programs, both visual and performance based, are the first programs to be cut. Canvas ain’t cheap. Neither are the supplies. Much of the graffiti that takes place IS on buildings that are run down. The gov’t didn’t place any value on these properties and yet get pissy with dudes “vandalizing” their shit. You can’t have it both ways, ya dig. 

My father was a garment contractor in LA. In the late 80s, he owned the building where he had his factory. He thought it would be a cool idea to commission local graffiti artists, usually young Black and Latino men looking to stay out of trouble, to paint murals on his buildings. After all, he runs a garment design/manufacturing company, and creative signage is great advertising.
One day, he showed up to the building and the city just painted over the murals without permission or notice.
First, the city told him he couldn’t have graffiti art on HIS building because it brought down property value. After he complained, then they said: ok you can do this, but you need a permit. After he got the permit, then the city said: ok, but you can only use these artists.  Of course, these artists were all White graphic design students from USC, and of course they charged 3x more.
There is a prejudice against this type of art, and it’s racial.  Banksy vandalizes folks buildings all the time, and folks treat him like the Messiah. He ain’t doing nothing new that Black and Brown folks haven’t done for decades.

This whole post…I just find it really interesting! And sad, too, but good thing to read.

I wrote a report on banksy and how he’s idolized while these other “vandals” are discriminated against.
sherdoc-and-others:

chazzfox:

cijithegeek:

kyssthis16:

yeezysdisciple:

youngbertreynolds:

thempress:



Maybe put it on a canvas instead of someone’s property, and we can all be happy.

who paying for these canvases or the art programs so these kids can have that? Why should it matter if these run down buildings that never get fixed up anyway get graffiti’d? 

Therein lies the issue. Art programs, both visual and performance based, are the first programs to be cut. Canvas ain’t cheap. Neither are the supplies. Much of the graffiti that takes place IS on buildings that are run down. The gov’t didn’t place any value on these properties and yet get pissy with dudes “vandalizing” their shit. You can’t have it both ways, ya dig. 

My father was a garment contractor in LA. In the late 80s, he owned the building where he had his factory. He thought it would be a cool idea to commission local graffiti artists, usually young Black and Latino men looking to stay out of trouble, to paint murals on his buildings. After all, he runs a garment design/manufacturing company, and creative signage is great advertising.
One day, he showed up to the building and the city just painted over the murals without permission or notice.
First, the city told him he couldn’t have graffiti art on HIS building because it brought down property value. After he complained, then they said: ok you can do this, but you need a permit. After he got the permit, then the city said: ok, but you can only use these artists.  Of course, these artists were all White graphic design students from USC, and of course they charged 3x more.
There is a prejudice against this type of art, and it’s racial.  Banksy vandalizes folks buildings all the time, and folks treat him like the Messiah. He ain’t doing nothing new that Black and Brown folks haven’t done for decades.

This whole post…I just find it really interesting! And sad, too, but good thing to read.

I wrote a report on banksy and how he’s idolized while these other “vandals” are discriminated against.

sherdoc-and-others:

chazzfox:

cijithegeek:

kyssthis16:

yeezysdisciple:

youngbertreynolds:

thempress:

image

Maybe put it on a canvas instead of someone’s property, and we can all be happy.

who paying for these canvases or the art programs so these kids can have that? Why should it matter if these run down buildings that never get fixed up anyway get graffiti’d? 

Therein lies the issue. Art programs, both visual and performance based, are the first programs to be cut. Canvas ain’t cheap. Neither are the supplies. Much of the graffiti that takes place IS on buildings that are run down. The gov’t didn’t place any value on these properties and yet get pissy with dudes “vandalizing” their shit. You can’t have it both ways, ya dig. 

My father was a garment contractor in LA. In the late 80s, he owned the building where he had his factory. He thought it would be a cool idea to commission local graffiti artists, usually young Black and Latino men looking to stay out of trouble, to paint murals on his buildings. After all, he runs a garment design/manufacturing company, and creative signage is great advertising.

One day, he showed up to the building and the city just painted over the murals without permission or notice.

First, the city told him he couldn’t have graffiti art on HIS building because it brought down property value. After he complained, then they said: ok you can do this, but you need a permit. After he got the permit, then the city said: ok, but you can only use these artists.  Of course, these artists were all White graphic design students from USC, and of course they charged 3x more.

There is a prejudice against this type of art, and it’s racial.  Banksy vandalizes folks buildings all the time, and folks treat him like the Messiah. He ain’t doing nothing new that Black and Brown folks haven’t done for decades.

This whole post…I just find it really interesting! And sad, too, but good thing to read.

I wrote a report on banksy and how he’s idolized while these other “vandals” are discriminated against.

Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Posted on Tuesday March 25th 2014 at 05:30pm. Its tags are listed below.

seanmundy:

"Sigil" by Sean Mundy , 2014 | Flickr / Facebook
seanmundy:

"Sigil" by Sean Mundy , 2014 | Flickr / Facebook

seanmundy:

"Sigil" by Sean Mundy , 2014 | Flickr / Facebook