In the MASK School that I set up in Kenya, we encourage young people to experiment with the ways they make art in order to teach them to imagine, invent and innovate.
They create pictures and toys out of whatever they can find around them. Not only does it work wonders for their creativity - their intelligence and confidence - but also helps them clean the waste revealing how it can be recycled and reused.
The work by Senegal engineer-turned-photographer Fabrice Monteiro, illustrates this very well.
His majestic creatures wearing costumes made of soda cans, garbage bags, fishing nets and other trash, depicts immense beauty and have a environment message too speaking of the pollution that plagues Senegal. His characters are based on the ancient Greek god Gaia, the creator of the Earth.
In classical art, she is represented rising from the earth or reclining upon the earth surrounded by gods. In Fabrice’s works, she emerges from a mountain of garbage or reclines onto a beach amongst bones.
How do you fancy a challenge? Create your own image of Gaia, not image of poverty, but like Fabrice - of beauty made from the debris that pollutes it.
Send it to the email below. The winner will feature in this column next spring.
For ideas, see how Fabrice works: https://vimeo.com/110245685
Send your images to Art Collector Agency-Kenya on [email protected]