"I am Not a Persian Carpet #2" -Aphrodite Desiree Navab
Medium of the Art/ Technique of the Artist: This piece of art particularly grabbed my attention. I wasn't sure at first what it was supposed to portray. But, when I read the title "I am Not a Persian Carpet #2," I understood. This piece is trying to say that women are not pieces of carpet that are to be traded. It captures the symbolic meaning of the sex trade of girls and women. This hits close to home for me because I am from Tampa, FL which is one of the worst cities in the U.S. with bad human trafficking. This piece made me feel something because human trafficking is a problem and we need to come together to fix it.
David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing
Design of the Museum: This part of the Museum was the most appealing to me. This wing includes a large area of glass windows overlooking a beautiful green scenery. Walking into this wing makes you feel small but in a good way. This wing makes you want to inspect every inch of the place. My friend and I spent about an hour or so in this wing. Not only was the space open and large, some of the pieces in the wing were large as well. It was interesting to see how some Asian cultures use certain sculptures to represent traditional stories.
"Road Worker" - Diego Rivera
Core Values: This piece is a perfect representation of my core value of being hardworking. Not only is doing road work physically demanding, but it is hard work on the person. Rivera wanted to celebrate the "indigenous culture and dignity of the poor," in Mexico during the Mexican Revolution. Many people were poor during this time. Most were only able to attain jobs such as construction work. The people who got these jobs knew that it would be hard work but they were happy about it because they had a job and a means of providing for their family. They were dignified in this type of work because they know they were able to do something, anything to better off themselves and their family.
"Three girls holding hands, Sertao da Paraiba, Brazil"-Sebastiao Salgado
Art and the Good Life: This photo depicts three young girls in Latin America. During the time that this picture was taken, many countries in Latin America were coping with the effects of Poverty. This picture shows that, especially in times of poverty, we need others help us through these times. Through the sharing of hardships, people in these communities came together to get through them. Together they are able to strive for the good life.
All photos were taken by me and Garrett Brown.