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Ubuntu – I Am Because We Are: Community Appreciation through Portraits

The African proverb “ubuntu (uu-boon-tuu, Nguni-Bantu),” meaning humanity towards others, serves as the cornerstone for Tijay Mohammed’s residency project, Ubuntu – I Am Because We Are. Anchored in West African culture and traditions, the project will focus attention on the South Bronx’s connection to migration and create a gathering space to celebrate women, particularly those living within the community. Primarily using African wax fabric and incorporating other assorted materials and objects, participants will create mixed-media portraits in tribute to loved ones, neighbors and other women in their lives. Stories will be shared during the process and captured through audio and visual documentation, which will accompany the portraits.

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