Black Visual Artist Chat – Watson Mere

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When I first discovered Watson’s artwork on Instagram, I was immediately intrigued by his stunning imagery that embodies unapologetic blackness. He is unafraid to address concerns that may seem too uncomfortable for others, and encourage the necessary dialogue to seek resolutions. I was honored to interview this talented brother, discuss his phenomenal artistry, and witness his wealth of wisdom.

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“The Mystery of Eternity” Press Release

Check out the details below for artist Khaldun Oluwa’s upcoming event Mystery of Eternity.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW ETERNAL BLACKNESS ART EXHIBIT EXPOSES TRUTH AND REVEALS “THE MYSTERY OF ETERNITY” THROUGH THE ILLUMINATING POWER OF BLACK ARTISTRY

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Master oil painter, Khaldun Oluwa of Eternal Blackness Art, returns to rupture disillusioned minds and rouse consciousness in the art world with the announcement of his latest exhibit, “The Mystery of Eternity.” In his first exhibition of 2018, the artist will debut a new series of provocative artworks designed to force audiences to confront the truth of Black Power, the fallacy of white supremacy, and the hypocrisy of American mythology. “The Mystery of Eternity” will debut in an opening reception on July 7th, 2018 from 6PM – 10PM at Wadada, located at 878 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard, Atlanta, GA in the historic West End community.

The self-curated, Khaldun Oluwa, exhibit includes all original works in their first public appearance. “The Mystery of Eternity” features portraits of social commentary dedicated to the revelation of “hidden truths” and an incendiary indictment of American injustice. Khaldun Oluwa states “the imagery in the exhibit will be the prevalence of Truth” and that “falsehood can only exist in fractions of a second in Eternity.” Audiences will also experience the collaborative force between Eternal Blackness Art and ZANDERLAND Productions with the premiere of “MASS Revelation,” a digital installation from the creative media production studio of artist and filmmaker, Zana Sanders. The artists, who began collaborating in 2016, are responsible for disrupting the Atlanta art scene and revolutionizing the exhibition experience through innovative and immersive design as witnessed with 2017s acclaimed “Eternal Illumination” and “MONOPOLIZED:” exhibits.

Through their individual mediums, the artists explore the dynamic cultural richness and heritage of the African Diaspora. Khaldun Oluwa describes the work as an extension of consciousness stating, “My art is subconscious activity entering conscious thought. I try to capture the abstract, faint, ever fleeting figments of my imagination and by using color, textures, and imagery I can articulate my perception. The intention of all my work is to stimulate the conscious levels of thought.” The media content from ZANDERLAND Productions exposes viewers to the experimental and avant garde style of artist and filmmaker, Zana Sanders. Sanders states, “the content of my work evolves around the creation and exploration of the Black aesthetic as found throughout the diaspora” and refers to the collaboration as providing “an intense juxtaposition” that “works collectively with Eternal Blackness Art in creating Black cultural production that addresses the multifaceted Black experience.”

In service to community, the collective works to counteract the negative impact of dehumanizing imagery of Black culture that is perpetuated in mainstream media. The artists view the exhibition as “a necessity manifested during a culturally significant moment in the United States and around the world…as WE resist against hegemonic control of mediated culture, resist against the exploitation of Black culture, and resist against the marginalization of Black bodies throughout the diaspora.”

For further information about Khaldun Oluwa of Eternal Blackness Art and Zana Sanders of ZANDERLAND Productions, please visit the artists’ websites at www.eternalblackness.com and www.zanderlandproductions.com respectively. Additional pictures and artist statements available upon request.

Issued by: Zana Sanders, ZANDERLAND Media

On behalf of: Eternal Blackness Art and ZANDERLAND Productions

 

Contact Information:

 

Khaldun Oluwa

Email:

eternalblacknessart@gmail.com

Social Media:

Facebook: eternalblacknessart

Instagram: @eternalblacknessart

 

Zana Sanders

Email:

zanderchronicleslife@gmail.com

Social Media

Facebook: zanderchronicles

Instagram: @zanderchronicles

 

Darryl Lewis

Media Relations

Email:

Darryl783@gmail.com

Social Media

Facebook: blackartfanatic

Instagram: @blkartfanatic

Ode To Blackness: New Collaborative Project from Zanderland Productions and Eternal Blackness Art

I’m ecstatic to announce the newest project brewing from the artistic prowess of experimental filmmaker Zana Sanders (Zanderland Productions) and featuring illustrious oil painter Khaldun Oluwa (Eternal Blackness Art). The dynamic duo captivated us last year with the compelling film “Monopolized” and the accompanying immersive art installation “The Monopolized Project.” Today, the crew shared snippets of their upcoming collaborative presentation, Ode To Blackness on their social media platforms. Keep following them on their artistic journey as they continue to ignite an abundance of Black ingenuity.

After a much needed hiatus, I was so fulfilled to spend the day with @eternalblacknessart #KhaldunOluwa on the set of my #O2B but more on the #ode later. Khaldun and I spent the day talking about our shared LOVE of black people throughout the Universe and the culture we CREATE. We vibed to 80s and 90s #hiphop and #randb. We rapped about #art and #culture like we always do. We laughed and posed. We #spreadlove to Brothers and Sisters, babies and Grandmothers. We honored our ancestors. We affirmed black genius and everyday excellence. We spoke to our humanity. #O2B is my ode. Think of it as a love letter to all my UNIVERSAL family. Sending Peace and Love to all of you. ❤️#ode #O2B #myode #zanderchronicles #odetoblackness #community #family #blacklove #blackart #blackmedia #blackculture #filmnoire #indiefilm #zanderlandproductions #zanderland #setlife🎥 #khaldunoluwa #eternalblacknessart #vday

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“The Monopolized Project” Press Release

“The Monopolized Project”

A Journey Into Blackness Through The Lens Of The Classic Monopoly Board Game.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

August 15, 2017

Synopsis:

“The Monopolized Project” vividly presents a portrait of Black life in America. “Monopolized,” the film, chronicles the journey of an artist collective as they channel their personal, yet unmistakably familiar experiences in blackness. Observe as the artists traverse the simulation of an all too real and dangerous game of survival based upon the principles of the popular board game. The objective of this heinous high stakes game is to win; however obstacles abound. Players must defy the corrupted rules, conquer the dangerous terrain, and defeat the capitalist operating system in order to save their humanity. Get immersed in this alternate reality and experience how the monopolized harness the power to deconstruct the capitalist model and spawn a remarkable and unforeseen phenomena, the survival of blackness. What are the odds of your survival, are you equipped to win?

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ZANDERLAND Productions will screen its latest independent film, “Monopolized” as the featured digital exhibit at the nucleus of the immersive and interactive art installation entitled “The Monopolized Project.” Patrons of the exhibit will be invited to participate in the high stakes game of chance and engage with the artwork and its creators in an intimate environment, where “the lines between fallacy, fantasy, and multiple realities are blurred,” according to “Monopolized” director Zana Sanders.  “The Monopolized Project,” will debut Saturday, September 23rd, 2017, 7:00-10:00 pm in the evening at Abrams Creative Space, 565 Northside Drive SW, #7, Atlanta, GA 30310.

Bourgeoning indie filmmaker, Zana Sanders has developed a signature avant garde style that permeates the subconscious. As a director and experimental digital artist, Sanders creates provocative visual works of art that examine the cultural, social, and spiritual experience of blackness throughout the African Diaspora. Sanders channels her work as an exploration and expression of black aesthetics set to the tempo of staccato. Defying the use of Hollywood and mainstream media conventions, Sanders induces the psychological effect of placing the viewer between spaces, caught in a rupture of time, and transfixed in the negotiation of mental terrain where “reality” begins and ends.

The director’s latest endeavor invites the audience on a journey into the abridgment of space and time, where an alternate reality places Black America into a heinous simulation of a virtual gaming world based upon the corrupted rules of the popular board game, Monopoly. In this all too realistic dimension, Black lives are “monopolized” and become commodities of the capitalist gaming system.

Sanders describes the project as an amalgamation of genre and art mediums that incorporate the essence of the film – essay, cinema verite, documentary, and visual art. The film is designed to be experienced in the immersive reality of the “monopolized” world as designed by art director Khaldun Oluwa. The collaborative efforts of Sanders and Oluwa, brings “The Monopolized Project” to life through a three-dimensional recreation of the classic board game with a dark twist that incorporates a heavy dose of rawness and reality. The artist collective will debut “The Monopolized Project” as a community-based collaborative aimed to raise awareness and benefit society’s most marginalized and “monopolized” members.

For more information regarding the art installation and exhibition, please visit the virtual press office at: www.themonopolizedproject.com. For more information on director, Zana Sanders, please visit: www.zanderlandproductions.com. For more information on artist and set designer, Khaldun Oluwa, please visit: www.eternalblackness.com.

On social media, please follow themonopolizedproject and zanderlandproductions on Facebook for a more in-depth look into the making of the installation and film.

Additional information, including social media, available upon request.

The Monopolized Project Official Event

Issued by: Zana Sanders

 

Contact:

Zana Sanders

Executive Producer & Director

zanderchronicleslife@gmail.com

 

Khaldun Oluwa

Executive Producer & Art Director/Set Designer

eternalblacknessart@gmail.com

 

Darryl Lewis

Media Relations

darryl783@gmail.com

 

“The Monopolized Project” Completion, Open House, and ZANDERLAND Design Studio

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During the course of three weeks, Zana Sanders and Khaldun Oluwa have been diligently constructing “The Monopolized Project” art installation. As you’ve seen in my previous postA Glimpse of “The Monopolized Project,” the artist collective began with an empty voluminous venue at Abrams Creative Space. Within a short time span, their ingenious spurred a spectacular rendition of a dilapidated urban community; adjacent to a stunning ebony goddess reigning over a utopia.

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From Podcasts to Films to Art Exhibits – Artist Collective Reverberating Black Universal Truth via Multimedia

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Back in June I introduced you to an artist collective as well as my official announcement of becoming the newest member. Since then, Zana Sanders (ZANDERLAND Productions), Khaldun Oluwa (Eternal Blackness Art), and I (The Black Art Fanatic) have unleashed a number of culturally nourishing projects. Here is a recap of these artistic endeavors as well as a brief description of each member.

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A Glimpse of “The Monopolized Project”

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A Glimpse of Monopolized Eternal Blackness Art

Zana Sanders, the superb independent filmmaker behind the 4:20 DECYPHER web series and podcast, is currently working on a new endeavor – “The Monopolized Project.” It will officially be unveiled next month in conjunction with a new artistic masterpiece by Khaldun Oluwa. Below is Zana’s special 4:20 session; detailing her artistic motivations for “The Monopolized Project.” Additionally, there is some captivating footage of the artist collective’s progress including a Facebook Live 4:20 DECYPHER chat released earlier today on set! More details about this momentous occasion are coming soon, follow the artists on their social media platforms for daily updates!

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