This is a story about »Lapis.«
A sequence of splinters.
Edited by Maxwell Mutanda — Mai 25, 2021
A salt, a fracture, a rift in an ancient core, that grows to death. This sequence reveals a snapshot along a fatal journey of splintering. To splinter – to rupture: in slits of sharpened stress.
Each etching is the product of growth, a force acting to expand and contract the core. They are signatures of a tenacity that is erratic, chaotic, yet persistent.
Lapis results from a variable rule set. A matrix is filled with a thousand stars, each affected by a similar desire to resolve to the next, yet actively disrupted by a waving effervescent force. The stars dance along the wave, as fragmented splinters of a persistent form, resulting in a calligraphy of etched webs.
The Iron Masters of West Africa, expressed this waving force in practice. The Iron Master’s role is one of transformation, they take on a responsibility of finding stresses in materials to construct form. They negotiate with the earth, the trees, the stones and sands, engaging in various meditative ceremonies. Where the forge is fed, the bellows put to work, and the ore massaged. The vocabulary of this ancient science is stress. The expression of the Masters, like »Lapis,« reveals the effect of controlled fracturing.
Hakeem Adam is a Ghanaian digital artist and freelance arts and culture writer exploring the power of narrative. He is the founder and creative director of DANDANO, a Pan-African cultural platform for African film and music criticism and documentation. Hakeem has exhibited internationally at the CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival in Accra, Ghana; Many Studios in Glasgow, Scotland; Okay Space in New York, USA (all 2018); and SPACE10 in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2019. He has participated in the British Council’s ColabNowNow Residency, Maputo in 2018 and the Cryptic International Artist Residency, Scotland in 2019. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Digital Media from the University of the Arts, Bremen.
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