Ubuntu is a South African tribal term roughly translating to "human kindness." The concept is often translated as humanity toward others or even more deeply, the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity. This project captures the spirit of ubuntu in that the artists came together from radically different backgrounds to meet & share life stories and grow together towards a more hopeful tomorrow through art. The 3 wooden panels address hope created by 3 artists who contribute to each panel. Hope springs from a struggle in all of our lives & a feeling that together we can be more powerful than alone. In particular, the struggle of poverty is featured in photographs. Poverty is a lack of being able to change one's condition alone; connections matter. The photography weaves a story of poverty: unreliable transportation, mental illness/disability, addictions, poor decisions, bad luck. . . Poverty is nearly insurmountable alone. The project is a story of ubuntu.
- Art form: 2-D
- Medium: acrylic on wood, photography
- Width: 15'
- Year created: 2015
- Height: 6'
About Anderson, Lancaster, Ruiz & Werblow
Susanne & Sean met at Art Prize 2014 & decided to collaborate on the theme of poverty for 2015. They met with Cory & Jerrilynn at Heartside Ministries Art Gallery & they all met weekly to work on Art Prize 2015 sharing stories & growing together. The background stories revolved around life difficulties & successes. The team grew & the art emerged.