The Omo Valley people are located in southwestern Ethiopia, the oldest independent country and one of the oldest in the world. The tribesof the Omo Valley still practice many of their traditions from hundreds of years ago. One of the most beautiful of their traditions is their body art. The women in particular use natural berries, flowers, mud, ash and twine to decorate their bodies into exquisite works of art. The West Harlem Art Fund in an attempt to preserve this tradition will re-create some body art for Armory Week and project them at the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan; produce an abstract installation at the Mink Building in West Harlem and create blog posts on this site.
The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. is a fourteen year old public arts organization. WHAF offers exhibition opportunities for artists and creative professionals wishing to share their talent with residents uptown and around the City. The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. showcases art and culture in open, public spaces to add aesthetic interest to our part of the city; promote historical and cultural heritage; and support community involvement in local development. Our African symbol is the double crocodile from West Africa. Funtunmmireku-Denkyemmirreku means unity in diversity.
photograph by artist John Kenny
The Armory Show, a leading international contemporary and modern art fair and one of the most important annual art events in New York, takes place every March on Piers 92 & 94 in Manhattan. Now celebrating its fourteenth year, the Armory Show is re-establishing itself as the most adventurous and dynamic contemporary art fair in New York City. For more information, please visit www.thearmoryshow.com.