The purpose of this projet is to link artists from different cultures
in a direct studio working on their own prints or collaborating on
joint pieces. The exchange will begin with slide lectures for the
public and studio visits between the workshop at Pyramid Atlantic. The
workshop will cover four days and include both handmade paper making
and monoprinting. The interaction is designed to bring diverse artists
together and let them experience first hand the differences and
similiarities in their respective work, both in process and product.
The African artists will also be invited to give two lectures, one to
the public and one to a local university. While in the Washington area
the visiting artists will also be able to visit the museums and local
alternative art spaces and have a show of their work.
Continental Drift hat its beginning with a cultural festival last
summer that took place in Asilah, Morocco. The event included artits
from the Africa, Egypt, and the United States. After a series of
meetings with Amadou Thiam, director of Yassina Art Gallery in Dakar,
it vas decided to continue our relationship by building an exchange
with artists from west Africa and the east coast of America. This year
we will have a two week art exchange to take place in October, to
include artists from West Africa and a diverse group of artists from
the greater Washington motropolitan area.
The African artists: Ibou Diouf (Senegal), Charlemagne d'Almeda
(Benin), Augustin Kassi (Cote de Ivoire), Djiguemde Roger (Burkina
The Washington artists: Judy Byron, David Carlson, Stevens
Carter, Richard Dana, Monsoora Hassan, Michael Platt, Helga Thomson.