The images on the walls of the intimate gallery at 104 Mt. Auburn St. are hauntingly evocative. In “Black Friar,” a hooded figure stares out of the darkness, his gaze intense and unsettled. An opposing image, “Every Moment Counts,” offers a modern approach to Jesus, as a beloved disciple leans against the body of the Christ-like figure whose eyes are fixed on the heavens.The works comprise a new exhibit titled “Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955-1989): Photographs,” a selection of photographs by the Nigerian-born artist Fani-Kayode, in partial collaboration with his late partner Alex Hirst.The show was born out of what its curator calls “an ongoing dialogue between Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Autograph ABP,” a London-based organization co-founded by Fani-Kayode in 1988 that promotes photography addressing issues of race, cultural identity, and human rights. The exhibit will be on display at the Neil L. and Angelica Zander Rudenstine Gallery, located in the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, through May 15.“When Professor Gates called at the end of last year to discuss the possibility of curating a show for the Rudenstine Gallery’s spring 2009 slot, we were of course delighted by the prospect of this partnership,” said the show’s curator Renée Mussai, archive project manager at Autograph ABP.Often sexually charged, the pictures are also infused with religious, racial, and ethnic themes and reflect the artist’s efforts to understand his own life, his cultural heritage, and his homosexuality, all while living in exile.Fani-Kayode was born in Nigeria in 1955 to a family with strong ties to both politics and the Yoruba religion. Following a military coup in 1966, the artist fled with his family to England. In 1976, he moved to the United States to further his studies. After receiving his undergraduate degree in 1980, he earned a master’s of fine arts from the Pratt Institute in 1983. His career was cut short by a brief, unexpected illness in 1989 when he was just 34.A self-described outsider, much of Fani-Kayode’s work is informed by what Mussai calls “the complexity of experience of his life, and the multiple positions he occupied — as an African in exile, a political black gay man in 1980s London, a struggling young artist on the margins of society, a son estranged from his familial and cultural traditions yearning to get in touch with his roots and ancestral heritage.”The Du Bois Institute’s show, which coincides with the 20th anniversary of the artist’s death, is the first major solo exhibit of Fani-Kayode’s work in the United States. It was developed as a retrospective, said Mussai, incorporating a variety of photos ranging from his early career to those shot during the last years of his life. Mussai hopes the exhibit will not only expose a new audience to Fani-Kayode’s work, but also encourage a broad discourse.“Fani-Kayode’s photographs draw upon a plethora of image references and a multiplicity of sources that defy a linear reading or easy categorization.“I am hoping to be able to take viewers to a place that opens up and encourages a dialogue, a debate: to provide the audience with an intimate glimpse into the complexities Fani-Kayode was dealing with in his work.”The heart of the exhibit revolves around six large-scale color photographs produced at the end of the artist’s career, between 1988 and 1989, as part of two major bodies of work, “Ecstatic Antibodies” and “Bodies of Experience.” The show also includes a series of 10 black-and-white photographs ranging in size, as well as a 10-minute video that features a series of additional images as well as excerpts of the artist’s writings.A gallery talk featuring comments from Gates, Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research; Mark Sealy, director of Autograph ABP; and Mussai will take place in early March.
Nigeria reports suspected monkeypox cases tied to UK illnessThe Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said today that six suspected monkeypox cases are associated with one of the recent monkeypox illnesses in England, in a report that noted two new confirmed cases in the same Nigerian state as the suspected cases.”A cluster of six suspected cases with epidemiological linkages to one of the cases in the UK has been identified in Rivers State and is being investigated in collaboration with the State team,” the NCDC said in an update posted Sep 21. “In addition, two new confirmed cases have been recorded in Rivers that are not linked to the cluster described above.”Public Health England confirmed the UK’s first monkeypox case on Sep 7, and a second, unrelated case on Sep 11. Both cases involved men who had been in Nigeria. The NCDC did not specify which UK case might be linked to the six-case Nigerian cluster.With the 2 new confirmed cases, Nigeria has now confirmed 115 monkeypox cases and listed 4 additional illnesses as probable cases since September 2017. Seventeen states have now confirmed cases, with Rivers (34 cases), Bayelsa (20), and Cross River (9) reporting the most. Seven of the infections have proved fatal.So far in 2018 the NCDC has confirmed 37 cases (2 deaths) and listed 1 as probable, in 15 states. The vast majority (79%) of case-patients have been male, and adults aged 21 to 40 have been most affected.Sep 21 NCDC update Sep 20 CIDRAP News story “UK monkeypox case exposed health workers, officials say” Saudi Arabia announces new case of MERSThe Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed one new case of MERS in an epidemiologic report for week 39—this week.A 50-year-old Saudi man from Afif was diagnosed as having MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) and is currently hospitalized, the MOH said. The man’s illness is listed as “primary,” meaning it is unlikely he contracted the virus from another person. The MOH also said he had no contact with camels, a known risk factor for MERS.The new cases appear to have lifted the global MERS-CoV total to 2,255 cases since 2012, at least 798 of them fatal. Sep 24 Saudi MOH report Illinois records first case of Heartland virusThe Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced the state’s first case of the tick-borne Heartland virus on Sep 21.IDPH identified the patient as a resident of Kankakee County but gave no other information regarding the patient’s prognosis. Kankakee is approximately 60 miles south of Chicago.Heartland virus, which is spread by the lone star tick, has been reported in more than 30 Americans in the Midwest and southern United States since it was first identified in 2009 in two Missouri farmers. Heartland presents like other tick-borne diseases and can include fever, rash, chills, and fatigue.”We’ve been seeing much warmer weather than usual for this time of the year, which people have taken advantage of by spending time outside,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, MD, JD. “While the weather is still warm, continue to take steps to protect yourself from tick bites.”Most people recover fully from Heartland virus, although there have been cases that resulted in hospitalization and death. There is no cure or vaccine for the virus. Sep 21 IDPH press release PAHO reports more than 6,000 measles cases in AmericasSince the first of the year, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has recorded 6,629 measles cases, including 72 deaths, in 11 countries in North, Central, and South America. The strong majority of cases (4,605, 62 deaths) are from Venezuela, which has been battling a resurgence of the virus since last year. According to PAHO, the national incidence rate is 14.5 per 100,000 population, and the states with the highest incidence rates are Delta Amacuro (208.8 per 100,000 population), the Capital District (125.0), and Amazonas (77.3).Brazil has recorded 1,735 cases, including 10 deaths, in an outbreak that’s spilled over from Venezuela. Strains of measles in that country are identical to those circulating in Venezuela, PAHO said.PAHO said the Brazilian outbreak is ongoing, but cases have decreased recently in Roraima state, one of the epicenters of the outbreak. Children under the age of 4 are the most likely to be infected in this outbreak, PAHO said.The United States has recorded 124 cases this year, and Colombia has confirmed 85. PAHO said all member states should emphasize measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination campaigns to achieve 95% coverage rates, especially among infants. Sep 21 PAHO report
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A Houston native, Lord (pictured below) has more than 30 years of experience within the marine salvage industry, most recently serving as vice president and operations manager for Smit Americas in Houston.”We are very happy to welcome Raymond Lord to Donjon-Smit,” said John Witte, Jr., director, Donjon-Smit.