segunda-feira, 20 de janeiro de 2014

DAS «FACES DA GUERRA» a Lorraine Hansberry

Louie Palu (Canadian, b. 1968). U.S. Marine Gysgt. Carlos "OJ" Orjuela, age 31, Garmsir District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, from Project: Home Front, 2008. Inkjet print, artist's proof, 21½ x 14¼ in. (54.6 x 36.2 cm). The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Joan Morgenstern. © Photographer Louie Palu.

Fizemos uma incursão na web procurando « A maior (e melhor) exposição de sempre de fotografias de (e à volta da) guerra, cobrindo  166 anos de história em seis continentes», no dizer de Jorge Calado (revista Atual do Expresso de 11 de Janeiro),  que está no Brooklyn Museum  NY,  de que (não podendo ir lá)  pode saber aqui  
E, de repente, Lorraine Hansberry:

Unknown photographer. Portrait of dramatist Lorraine Hansberry, circa 1950s. Gelatin silver print. Photographs and Prints Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations

De facto, sem procurar lá estava também:  Twice Militant: Lorraine Hansberry’s Letters to “The Ladder” November 22, 2013–March 16, 2014 Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Herstory Gallery, 4th Floor. Que bom pretexto para escrevermos sobre Lorraine Hansberry:
«In the late 1950s, the fight for gay rights was developing alongside the growing Civil Rights and feminist movements. An important voice in the Civil Rights struggle was author, essayist, and activist Lorraine Hansberry (1930–1965), the award-winning playwright of A Raisin in the Sun. This exhibition explores a largely unknown but significant aspect of Hansberry’s biography connecting her to the gay rights movement: the letters she wrote in 1957 to The Ladder, the first subscription-based lesbian publication in the United States. In these provocative letters, Hansberry drew on her own identity and life experiences to articulate the interconnected struggles of women, lesbians, and African Americans during the period. She pointed to her identification with the burgeoning feminist movement in a 1959 interview with Studs Terkel, saying that "the most oppressed group of any oppressed group will be its women," adding that those who are "twice oppressed" often become "twice militant."». Continue a ler.

E, claro, uma chamada de atenção particular para o Center for feminist Art  a que havemos de voltar.
Por agora, e  para terminarmos Nina Simone, porque  "To Be Young, Gifted and Black" is a song by Nina Simone with lyrics by Weldon Irvine. It was written in memory of Simone's late friend Lorraine Hansberry, author of the play Raisin in the Sun. The song was originally recorded by Simone for her 1970 album Black Gold, and was a Civil Rightsanthem. It was released as a single, it became a Top Ten R&B hit peaking at number eight and number seventy-six on the Hot 100 ». 

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