September 1, 2016
A Note from Executive Director Eyenga Bokamba

"A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses." 
- Chinese Proverb

How many times has writing saved me? Like all artistry, too many times to count, too many times to remember.

When I was growing up, I could not make sense of the contradictions of my life. Now, as an artist, that's all I do.
 In fact, making meaning of  incongruities and inconsistencies of my daily experiences are the essence of my creative life as an adult. In my painting life, studied contradictions on paper or canvas are bold and inspiring. In my writing world, literary explorations of subtext and context are rich and affirming.  

These opportunities to look, to see, to explore ideas with fresh eyes, in complex narrative arcs, are in fact the core of my life and help me focus on the production of beauty as a revolutionary source of affirmation.

As a good friend of mine wrote, he "appreciates how... specific pieces of writing celebrate the act of writing itself, being a process of refinement and commitment to actualizing one's most earnest sentiments."

If I equate writing with truth telling, I begin to see the importance of claiming a narrative structure that works. The poetic rendering of memory, the dismantling of family myth, and the deconstruction of expectation all accelerate the process of claiming the complexities of our identities. 

This creative process leaves me awash in nuanced hues of balance and awareness. 

What is your truth? How do you share your view? How do you (re)write your world, reimagine your story?

Here are a few pieces have deepened my resolve to elevate complex narratives and our multiplicity of identities: 
  • this article on voice, power, and who is shaping the country's narrative.
  • these absolutely breathtaking and euphoric pictures of global musicians working at the intersection of creative, social, and environmental justice as part of The Nile Project.
  • this article on Hamilton takes a stance on the redistribution of wealth through the acknowledgment of the artistic process.
Whether you want to participate in a conversation, be it planned or spontaneous, see great films, or enjoy beautifully rendered performances, I hope to see you soon at Intermedia Arts.  The doors are open, and you are welcome here.

Eyenga Bokamba
Executive Director, Intermedia Arts