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The first contemporary art museum in West Africa is putting the tiny country of Benin on the art map. The free museum, called the Zinsou Museum, is in the small town of Ouidah – often called the birthplace of voodoo. (Image © Jean Dominique Burton, The Eye of Photography)• Élisabeth VauprèsMedia LiaisonFoundation Zinsou+ 229 21 30 99 [email protected] Jane CookThe first contemporary art museum in West Africa is putting the tiny country of Benin on the art map. The free museum, called the Zinsou Museum, is in the small town of Ouidah – often called the birthplace of voodoo.The aim is to preserve African art for Africans, as well as showcase the continent’s most leading-edge artists. It is dedicated exclusively to ultra-modern African art. Opened in November 2013, the permanent art exhibition is the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa outside South Africa. An initiative of the Zinsou Foundation, it is making contemporary arts and culture accessible to the Beninese public.A smattering of tourists visit the town, usually headed for the Gateway of No Return, a mammoth monument dedicated to the area’s dark history as a slave trading hub. But things are changing since the art museum opened. The slave trade monument is a massive archway with two long lines of chained men in bas-relief along the top, suggesting they are being marched into the Atlantic Ocean. Hundreds of thousands of Africans were believed to have been condemned to slavery from the beach below the archway.Villa Ajavon, which houses the Zinsou Museum, in a sense defies that history: it was built by the descendants of slaves who returned from the Brazilian city of Bahia. Its style is influenced by Brazilian and African architecture. According to the museum, in the sparsely visited nation of Benin the museum has attracted an impressive 13 000 visitors since opening. “The museum is an attempt to engage the Beninese public by creating a shared space anchored in everyday life and writing artistic culture from the perspective of the development of our society in the world.”Contemporary African art has grown in popularity over the past few years, gaining much reputation and monetary value. Artistic hubs like Lagos, in Nigeria are frequently visited by curators and collectors from North America and Europe seeking new talent and new works by established names.Villa is a sublime homeMarie-Celine Zinsou spearheaded the creation of the museum. Explaining her motivation to Agence France-Presse (AFP), she said that while on a trip to Benin with a French children’s charity in 2005, she had wanted to take a group of youths to an art gallery. “I found that there wasn’t any structure to show the children work from their own continent.“When we found out this sublime building was available, we jumped at the chance. Its style is very symbolic, very specific to this region,” she said. The villa is on a quiet dirt road lined with run-down bungalows and is just a few hundred metres from the Temple of Pythons, a major centre of voodoo worship that retains a powerful influence in Benin.Villa Ajavon is an expansive cream-coloured home built in 1922 by a Togolese trader. It was in poor repair and took a year to renovate to host the gallery. But Zinsou said the priority was to preserve its original structure. Air conditioning in the main hall was forbidden so as to not disfigure the exterior.Zinsou FoundationFondation Zinsou was launched in 2005 by the Franco-Beninese financier Lionel Zinsou, 59. A graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and the London School of Economics, he started his career as an adviser to Laurent Fabius, then prime minister of France; thereafter, he became a partner at the Rothschild bank. Since 2008, he has headed the investment fund PAI Partners.It is a family-run enterprise based in Cotonou, Benin. As an exhibition space for contemporary artists, the foundation has created a permanent collection over the past eight years. It has also established a strong network with artists and the media.“Over the next eight years, it welcomed four million visitors, starting with schoolchildren and followed by their parents. At the same time, the foundation built up a collection of African art, past but above all contemporary,” said Zinsou.According to its profile on the Global Art and the Museum website, the foundation has maintained an international standard despite the virtually non-existent art market in many African countries. It receives its funding mainly from the Zinsou family’s private income.Explore the museum here (French)Home support for Africa’s artistsThe museum’s inaugural exhibition, Masterpieces of the Collection, featured 13 African artists, such as Romuald Hazoumé and Cyprien Tokoudagba from Benin, George Lilanga from Tanzania, and Samuel Fosso from Cameroon. Many of the works were drawn from the Zinsou Foundation’s permanent collection. Artists commissioned for the exhibition included Aston and Kifouli Dossou.Today, the works of leading African artists are on display, including Ethiopia’s Mickael Bethe-Selassie, Frederic Bruly-Bouabre of Ivory Coast, and Cheri Samba of Democratic Republic of Congo.Hazoumé has exhibited his paintings, sculptures and photographs in London and New York, but became emotional recalling his first showing in Benin, the country of his birth. “It was the first time that I saw young people from Benin coming to admire my work,” he told AFP. “I cried that day. I was so moved.”Hazoumé’s paintings and photos reflect his Beninese culture and religion.By exhibiting the works of local and international artists, the museum acts as a marker of Africa’s significance to the art world. Its mission is to preserve African artistic heritage within the actual continent, and it will also display archival documents to contextualise the works and encourage research and familiarity with the history of art in Africa.“Keeping contemporary African art in Africa today is a genuine necessity, as African artists flee the continent, where the market for their work is almost non-existent,” said Elizabeth Vaupres of Foundation Zinsou. Internationally known galleries such as those in Cairo or Dakar showcase a rich artistic legacy but “mostly evoke history”, she said.Slavery in OuidahFor nearly 300 years, until slavery was abolished in the 19th century, millions of people were shipped from West Africa’s Slave Coast, of which Benin was a hub. Ouidah was in the Abomey kingdom and was one of the main ports of departure for the slave trade in the 16th and 17th centuries, which brought prosperity to its rulers. Several European powers, including France and Portugal, built forts here to protect their commercial interests.Seen as a religious centre, it has long been associated with Vodun – and subsequently voodoo – beliefs. Some see it as their global capital. Following the defeat of King Behanzin and colonisation by the French, the town became a seat of local government. France outlawed slavery in 1818.Ouidah was the site of the Tree of Forgetfulness; enslaved men, women, and children were forced to circle the tree seven times. It was thought this would make them forget their identities and erase their collective memory of origin and histories before being shipped off to the Americas. Although it may have been a process that was more metaphoric than real, the histories and cultures that were allegedly forgotten are now preserved in the art museum.The museum’s location indicates that the institution “embodies the idea that Africa is looking to the future, but in doing so does not deny its past”, Zinsou explained. Ouidah is hoping to become a cultural hotspot. The city already hosts an annual international film festival, which featured movies from 18 countries last year.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Brothers Nole and Clay Gerfen from the Ridgemont Chapter are both finalists for National Proficiency awards. Nole is a finalist in Diversified Livestock and Clay in competing in Diversified Agricultural Production. Their projects are separate but there is quite a bit of teamwork with the brothers that are both competitive at the highest level of the national FFA proficiency competition.Here is more from the brothers.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dale, Bart, and Matt are in the hot seat this week on the Ohio Ag Net Podcast brought to you by AgriGold. Dale catches up with John Linder at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting annual convention and meeting. Dale also catches up with Noah Walker from Indigo Carbon talking all things carbon credits. That and more this week on the podcast!
Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts during her women’s singles match against Simona Halep of Romania in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Maria Sharapova’s stop-start comeback from a 15-month doping ban takes her to the Chinese city of Tianjin this week and a tough draw against France’s on-form Caroline Garcia.The five-time Grand Slam champion and former number one from Russia has been paired with top seed Garcia in her opener at the Tianjin Open, where she was granted a wildcard.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES But as usual, most focus will be on the 30-year-old Sharapova, who has struggled for top form and fitness since returning to tennis in April following her suspension for taking the banned substance meldonium.She fell in the third round at the China Open to Halep, who will be confirmed as number one for the first time on Monday. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Ronaldinho plays soccer exhibition with Chechnya leader MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients However, 15th-ranked Garcia has been carrying a thigh injury and combined with her reaching Sunday’s final of the China Open, she could yet choose to skip Tianjin.Sharapova, now ranked a lowly 104 in the world, could hardly have a harder opponent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGarcia is in the form of her life, winning the Wuhan Open last weekend and later Sunday playing new number one Simona Halep in the final in Beijing.Also taking part in Tianjin, which is near the Chinese capital, is the two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.
The battles for seeding still going strong in NBA races “Trying to get those movements for this game where it’s just that natural, I don’t think I’ve fully done that yet, but I think I’ve made a lot of strides,” he said.Syracuse Mets manager Tony DeFrancesco, a veteran of Triple-A baseball, has watched the 6-foot-3, 245-pound Tebow, with his thick arms and imposing frame, from both sides of the diamond.“He’s come a long way,” DeFrancesco said. “I was on the other side in his first major league spring training game, and for me at that point he looked like a football player trying to play baseball. He was big and thick. He was slow.“Last year was the first time I got to watch Tim on the same side and you see the major adjustments and the time and energy this man has put in to be the best baseball player he can be,” DeFrancesco added. “Repetition-wise, it takes a long time that Tim’s lost out on, but I believe he’s a quick learner. It does take a lot of reps for him to really understand how to hit major league pitching, and I think this will be a great adjustment for him here.”That Tebow is a former client of new Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, who took the job last October after serving as an agent, has helped.“I think I’m trying to convince people. I think there were times I had to convince myself, too,” Tebow said. “I had to convince him (Van Wagenen) a little bit, but he’s been in my corner and that means a lot.”The forecast for the opener calls for temperatures in the low 40s with a slight wind and a very slight chance of rain.There is anticipation in the air, just as there was an hour down the road in Binghamton a year ago.“It’s his time to shine now,” DeFrancesco said “I’m hoping he has a great season. It would be a great story and you always root for an underdog. Tim is going to fight all the way through. It’s not that easy.“I hope one day this year I get to say, ‘Tim Tebow, you gotta go to Citi Field and play for the New York Mets.’ “ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this March 7, 2019, file photo, New York Mets’ Tim Tebow loosens up before batting in an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals in West Palm Beach, Fla. Tebow is set to begin his third full season of minor league baseball. He was assigned to the Triple-A Syracuse Mets just over two weeks ago and opening day is Thursday, April 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Tim Tebow is one step away from the Big Show. He’s still in no rush.“I enjoy the process every day, enjoy every opportunity I get,” Tebow said as he prepared for Thursday’s International League opener with the Syracuse Mets. “That’s one thing I take a lot of pride in — having fun and not just the destination but truly enjoying the journey.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Tebow faced his sternest test yet in 2018, playing last season for Binghamton of the Double-A Eastern League, a level of ball that tends to separate prospects destined for bigger things. He turned in a respectable second full season of minor league ball, batting .273 with six home runs, 14 doubles and 36 RBIs in 84 games and punctuated his arrival on New York’s Southern Tier by slamming the first pitch he saw over the fence in right field for a three-run homer on a frigid night.Tebow, who made only one error in 83 chances in the outfield, hit .301 in June and .340 in 15 games in July and made the Eastern League All-Star Game. A broken bone in his right hand ended his season prematurely.“Last year was huge for my development. It’s going to take a lot more work,” Tebow said. “There’s moments when it (frustration) creeps in, but that’s where you have to have mental toughness and stop that thought right in its tracks. If not, this game is too hard.“You’re going to have highs and lows, but you have to be able to stay on the course and when you need to, speak life into it.”Tebow was re-assigned to minor league camp just over two weeks ago after hitting .267 with one RBI in eight spring training games. He has at least demonstrated he belongs in professional baseball.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for the Florida Gators, a team he led to a pair of national championships, bounced around the NFL for three years (2010-12), playing 35 games with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets and also delving into broadcasting before deciding to turn his main focus to baseball.“One of the hardest decisions I ever made was choosing to go football over baseball,” he said. “It’s an itch I’ve always had and a passion I’ve always had, and it didn’t go away after years. I had a lot of other opportunities, but this is something I wanted to pursue.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I also did it without a lot of support. It’s not about proving people wrong or pleasing people, it’s about living a dream, pursuing your passion and trying to do it with as much purpose as you can. That’s how I’ve always lived.”Since making the switch, Tebow, now 31, has come a long way in a short time on the diamond. He signed with Mets late in 2016, played in the Arizona Fall League and in 2017 hit .226 with eight homers and 52 RBIs in 126 games at two levels of Class A. LATEST STORIES
“He’s progressing day to day and getting better,” pitching coach Eric Parker said. “We’ll keep evaluating, especially in the middle of the week, and see where he’s at.”To this point, Wimmers — a Pitcher of the Year quarterfinalist — has only been lifting, rehabbing and throwing on flat ground. Tuesday marked his first bullpen session since the injury.Wimmers himself hopes he will be ready to return to game action as soon as this weekend.“I’m trying to get back for this weekend,” Wimmers said, “trying to get back for Saturday or Sunday.”The Buckeyes head to Iowa City, Iowa, Thursday to take on the Hawkeyes in a critical three-game series. However, the coaching staff isn’t as optimistic as Wimmers that he’ll be ready to go this weekend.To ask him to pitch this weekend “would be a lot to ask of anyone,” Parker said.Coach Bob Todd went even further, saying that he won’t know if Wimmers will travel with the team until they leave on Thursday.“He’s obviously got a bright future and we’re not going to do anything to jeopardize that,” Todd said.Wimmers acknowledged that he needs to recover fully before he can take the mound for the Buckeyes and that the coaching staff will ensure that.“I don’t think anybody would let me go out there if I was just 90 percent. I have to be 110 percent in order to go back out there,” Wimmers said.So far this season, Wimmers has been dominant, posting a 9-0 record with a 1.61 ERA.With just six conference games remaining, the Buckeyes could use their ace as they are just one game out of first place in the standings. Wimmers is all too aware of the team’s situation.“It’s killing me,” Wimmers said about not being able to pitch. “With the conference as close as it is, you just want to be out there helping your team as much as possible.” Ohio State pitcher Alex Wimmers threw off a mound Tuesday for the first time in nearly three weeks. The Buckeye ace has been sidelined since pulling his left hamstring during a pregame stretch at Michigan April 30.
Ohio State junior setter Sanil Thomas (3) sets the ball to redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson (11) during the Buckeyes’ 3-1 win against Loyola on March 29. Credit: Ris Twigg | Former Assistant Photo EditorThe No. 11 Ohio State men’s volleyball team hopes to end its two-match skid this weekend when it takes on George Mason (3-1) and Erskine (0-4) at St. John Arena.The Buckeyes return to Columbus following tough road losses against then-No. 5 BYU and then-No.11 Stanford.Ohio State played close matches, with each of those seven sets won by five points or fewer.Head coach Pete Hanson said that looking at these matches as only losses is missing the point.“Yeah, two losses, but two losses in January against two teams that are legitimately top 10 teams are not anything to panic about,” Hanson said. “We played them close, we played in hostile environments and we’ve got young guys.”Redshirt senior middle blocker Blake Leeson is still adapting to his leadership role among the young middle blockers, this being the first year he’s the oldest in the position.“I feel more responsibility in terms of making sure all the guys are on the same page and living out the set of expectations that the guys before me did,” Leeson said. “I try to provide that support, letting them know it’s a long season and one or two games isn’t going to dictate this whole season.”On Friday, the Buckeyes will face a George Mason team coming off a four-set loss to No. 3 UC Irvine.The Patriots are led by junior opposite hitter Hayden Wagner, who leads the team with 63 kills and 4.50 kills per set. Wagner brings the distinction of Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week into the matchup against the Buckeyes.On Saturday, the Buckeyes will take on Erskine, who’s still searching for its first win this season through four matches.If Ohio State wants to get back in the win column this weekend, they’ll have to do so with a different starting lineup.Junior outside hitter Reese Devilbiss is expected to sit out this weekend due to a concussion sustained during practice this week. He will be replaced in the starting lineup by sophomore outside hitter Kyle Skinner.Skinner, who replaced Devilbiss in the third set of the match against Stanford, said he’s ready to step up whenever his team needs him.“Whenever I get in, it’s an opportunity for me to perform and show the coaches what I can do,” Skinner said. “Being on the court a lot more this weekend will give me a chance to show not only that I can come in and make a difference, but that I can stay in the game and make a difference throughout the entire match.”Ohio State takes on George Mason at 7 p.m. on Friday and Erskine at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
The now Hannover footballer was in the Lower Saxony city’s amateur leagues just four years ago, and in the fourth division a few weeks agoHannover 96 forward Hendrik Weydandt must be thinking he’s dreaming.Four years ago he was playing in the seventh division, the Lower Saxony city’s amateurs leagues; a few weeks ago in the fourth division, and on the weekend in the Bundesliga.He has not only come from the lower division to the top flight of the German football, but he also has managed to score in his two matches with Hannover.“I just wanted to see if he could show me his scoring qualities,” manager André Breitenreiter said to the official Bundesliga website.“He’s very hard working, so actually it’s no coincidence he’s here.”“It’s crazy; it’s like a fairy tale,” said Hannover’s sporting director Horst Heldt.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“This is what makes football so special. He was still kicking about in the local amateur leagues just a few years ago and I think this was only his second or third time on the ball, and he takes his chance so coolly.”“He was so nervous, he made such a mess as he was getting changed,” revealed Heldt.“Although I would have expected more from his celebrations,” continued Heldt and promised, “we’re going to give him a professional contract now”.76′ TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOR FÜR #H96! ??? Hendrik #Weydandt macht’s – UN-GLAUB-LICH! ?? #NiemalsAllein ⚫️⚪️? | #SVWH96 0:1 pic.twitter.com/Fx9Omjp3de— Hannover 96 (@Hannover96) August 25, 2018
Attention turns to Stamford Bridge this weekend, where Chelsea will be hosting under-fire manager Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United side in the Premier League.United manager Jose Mourinho’s “it’s not about me” comment after his team’s exciting comeback win over Newcastle United last time out is unlikely to be heeded on Saturday when he returns to Chelsea, according to Reuters.The former Inter Milan manager’s words of appreciation after United fans chanted his after their 3-2 victory over Rafael Benitez’s side may have reflected a weariness at the constant focus on his position at Old Trafford but the spotlight will unavoidably be on the Portuguese again.The manner of his team’s win, with three goals in the final 20 minutes of all-out attacking football, has raised the question of whether he will take the shackles off when they travel to London to face Chelsea.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea are unbeaten, level on points with champions Manchester City and challengers Liverpool and with their Belgian superstar Eden Hazard in a scintillating form are clear favourites for the game on Saturday.United are already seven points behind the league leaders after losses to Brighton & Hove Albion, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at home and Mourinho will be keen to ensure they avoid defeat to the Blues, despite their poor record their recent poor record at the Bridge.Chelsea have not lost at home to United in the last six years, losing just two of the 16 meetings between the two since then and Mourinho has lost four of his six games against his former club since taking over at United.