Monday, June 27, 2011

94 / Stephan Halter / Germany

Excerpted from Stephan's letter:

"My collage is based on a photograph of an old GDR watchtower...where a memorial plaque is built as a memento to the 5 people who died at this sector while attempting to gain their freedom...I have chosen 5 bullets (type M43 used by the border guards) to represent the 5 victims. The black dove of peace is stamped above the tower to show the victory of the peaceful movement against the cruel system of the GDR.

In times of regulations to create the transparent citizen (Big Brother is watching you!) and the fanning of fear by our governments it is often said the decrease of freedom (or increase of control) is necessary to keep peace.

I would like my collage to be seen as a comment on this worldwide trend of seperating peace and freedom as well as the remembrance of the dead at the innergerman border. When the [Berlin] wall went down, I was 12 years old. It was and still is the most impressive memory of peace and freedom united!"

93 / Matthew Rose / France

Matthew is the father of ABAD and the curator of the original 
show in Soho, NY in 2009.

92 / Arlene Havrot-Landry & Jean-François Laforte / Canada

91 / Dale Copeland / New Zealand

90 / Marilyn Marvin, Hathaway Studios / USA

89 / Michael Chan / USA

Michael curated the third ABAD in Westfield, New Jersey, USA.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

88 / Ocupeacidade / Brazil

87 / TicTac / Germany


86 / Pura Cruz / USA

85 / Inez Oludé da Silva / Belgium

84 / Dolores Castrucci / USA

83 / Marie Winn / USA

82 / Ryosuke Cohen / Japan

81 / Lee Goldberg / USA

80 / Tania Krosse / Sweden

79 / Simon Warren / UK

Friday, June 24, 2011

78 / Snežana Kezele / Serbia

77 / Louise Millmann / USA

Louise curated the seventh ABAD in Greenlawn, New York, USA, 
and co-curated the 15th ABAD in Omaha, NE, USA

see Viv Maudlin in Vegas (video)

76 / AnnMarie Tornabene / USA


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

75 / Angela Ferrara / Brazil

Angela curated the eighth ABAD in Sao Paolo, Brazil

Artist's Statement: Known as the measures of Bonfim, in mid-1960 it was adopted by hippies in Bahia/Brazil as part of their style. Sold in various colors, the ribbon of the Lord of Bonfim has a side that few know–each color symbolizes an Orixa: dark green for Oxossi, clear blue for Iemanjá, yellow for Oxum. Whatever the color, the ribbon has a symbolic, aesthetic and spiritual meaning typical of Bahia's African roots. In popular tradition, the Lord of Bonfim ribbon is wrapped around the wrist and secured with three knots. Each knot precedes a wish made mentally, and the wishes should be kept secret until the tape breaks from wear and tear.


74 / Dan McCormack / USA

73 / Katia Muñoz / Spain