Life and Debt

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Aug 282015
 
Life and Debt
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Set to a beguiling reggae beat, Life and Debt takes as its subject Jamaica's economic decline in the 20th century. The story has reverberations in the plight of other third-world nations blindsided by globalization, like Ghana and Haiti. After England granted Jamaica independence in 1962, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) stepped in with a series of loans. These loans came with strings attached–the kind that would eventually plunge the country $7 billion into debt, stranded without the resources to dig themselves out. Although IMF officials get the chance to have their say, it's clear where filmmaker Stephanie Black's sympathies lie–with the country's underemployed farmers and sweatshop workers. Jamaica Kinkaid (A Small Place) penned the narration, while the soundtrack features some of the "imports" with which this island nation remains mostly closely associated: Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Mutabaruka, who performs the title track. –Kathleen C. Fennessy

“Plum Blossoms and Painted Pottery”

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Aug 252015
 
"Plum Blossoms and Painted Pottery"
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Signed, bearing a label from Hefner Galleries, New York on reverse and another label from Ollendorff Fine Arts, matted and framed. "Plum Blossoms and Painted Pottery" is an abstraction of the subjects painted in black ink. Deng's formal training in brush and ink shows through the abstracted style as the brushwork is accomplished and expressive. Deng varies the thickness of the lines so certain aspects of the painting reach the viewer first and the details follow. The subtle tonal differences also give the painting an intriguing composition and allow the viewer to recognize forms like the plum blossoms.