If art is the expression of life, then there can be nothing foreign to art. So the question remains...What is Art?
Here at Rockers Movement we embrace art from all corners of the globe and as in our mission statement we are all about uplifting our brothers and sisters that most need a hand. Graffiti is one art form that started underground with artists expressing themselves on canvasses of inner cities worldwide before being accepted world wide, before being accepted as it is today. Main stream has now accepted this art form or parts thereof in different forms such as clothing and corporate advertising, however, the murals of slums and subways remain as a medium of expression for many artists. In this section we will touch on the art scene of diverse countries that saw their fair share of hardships like Angola and Haiti. Angola a country divided by 30 years of civil wars and 400 years of foreign rule and Haiti a country with the highest poverty level in the western hemisphere, still manage to express themselves through their artists via the universal language of art.
Reflecting on the power of the arts; during the worst years of repression when all avenues of legitimate process were closed by legislation. It was the arts that articulated the plight and the democratic aspirations of our people. This affirmation was demonstrated through the arts that defied the silence that oppressors sought to impose. The arts captures the essence of why you are here reading this. We believe that you remain a critical voice as we grow as a global community to break barriers towards a better world.
Art captures courage, it is more than being just brave enough to challenge the status quo but liberated to speak without words for those that have lost their voice. Following the path of the heart where the thirst for freedom for all humanity, love, justice, peace, tolerance and beauty lie in conversation pieces. Sometimes it takes more love than we think we have. Forget not that we are rivers of unending love and hope highlighted each moment through the arts.
Art tells the story of our lives. Dancing to the rhythm of life is one that is controlled only by time, you and I.
Graffiti has a long and proud history. The subculture surrounding graffiti has existed for several decades and is still going strong. Artists or writers as they prefer to be called are a passionate and skilled community oriented group that contradicts the way they have been portrayed as common criminals and vandals. With heightened security in the 80's graffiti in subways slowly died out. Graffiti writers are now featured in exclusive galleries and has exerted its influence on graphic design. It has become a way to earn a living in the 70's it exploded onto city walls and subways it has now won commercial success for its artists and a regular presence in pop culture. Cornbread I'd considered the first modern writer who started tagging walls in Philly in '67,however in the 80's galleries began to showcase graffiti as artwork. There is an unearned respect and craft to graffiti done outside repeatedly putting your name on the property of others, which doesn't translate into a more sterile setting of a gallery.
Each has its pros and cons inside you have no police or weather to worry about. Blansky a British street artist documentary "Exit the Gift Shop" was nominated for an Oscar and before Marc Ecko and Shepard Fairey were household names designing clothes or Obama campaign posters they started as street artists and still consider themselves as such.
The diabolical 20 second quake stole a sizable chunk of Haiti's artistic legacy, already the poorest country in the Western hemisphere it lost even more, artists owners and thousands of paintings and sculptures valued in the tens of millions of dollars-were destroyed or badly damaged, but the spirit of its artists keep on. Among contemporary Haitian artist one may find informal schools to which given artists may belong. Sometimes one artist may produce work that falls into several categories. Though while there is no typical style of Haitian art it can be recognized through various recurring characteristics, the use of vibrant colors, complex yet orderly composition, depictions of lush tropical landscapes that leap off the canvass are deeply symbolic and often contains elements of Voodoo, Christianity and ancient African religious traditions. If there is one tradition that all contemporary Haitian artists share it's that their work shine with an exquisite beauty.
Angola is a country that survived 400 years of foreign rule and 30 years of civil wars, however this didn't stop the creative spirits of its artists Traditional Angolan art continues to hold cultural significance and often used in rituals and ceremonies. Modern art is centered around aesthetic appreciation with an ever expanding market both domestic and international. Contemporary art saw a resurgence with the end of the civil wars. The long feats had a profound effect on Angolan cultures and is now a common theme in Angolan modern art. Antonio Ole is one of Angola's most famous artists he uses multiple mediums to portray his art not the common theme is social conflict and the human capacity for resistance. The modern art scene is eclectic basketry and textiles is dominated by women, the wooden masks of the Chokwe people in the NE and is used in ceremonies of initiation. Contemporary life is hard in Angola with the lowest life expectancy globally (factbook).
We will be highlighting emerging artists throughout the year. Check back often to see the invigorating works we will be showcasing.
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Rockers Movement expresses our hopes and dreams of a world in which what we have in common is far greater than that which divides us. Through their Festivals, we live not by looking at each other but by looking together in the same direction.
Food For The Poor would like to thank Rockers Movement and their supporters for channeling their passion for music to raise awareness about the critical needs of the poor. Your compassion and generosity will help us triumph over hunger. When organizations with a common goal come together to serve, there is nothing we cannot accomplish.
The City of Miami takes pleasure in celebrating Rockers movement events that bring together music and food from around the world. We welcome this coming together structured as a Zero Waste Initiative, an act of community consciousness that educates by example, and augmented by the musical power of groups from around the world. It is fitted and appropriate that local officials, on behalf of our residents, pause to hail this festive music event that promotes Reggae's "land & people' heritage.
Music is the fabric of our society and the City of Miami Gardens takes pride in recognizing those initiatives that celebrate and honor the art of music; and Now , Therefor, be it resolved that I, Oliver Gilbert, Mayor of the City of Miami Gardens, Florida along with my colleagues of the City Council, on behalf of the Residents, do hereby commend the Rockers Movement on their significant contributions to the South Florida community and urge all Residents to partake in their events.
Music has always had the power to unite and inspire humanitarianism. "The Miami Reggae Festival takes it to the top, offering the highest quality of performance, political ambience and service to community available anywhere. “Truly international in orientation, there is no other place where one can experience such a rich presentation of the best in music talent. Miami proves again, this time through its Reggae Festival, that it is the place to be for the internationalizing of Caribbean culture.