MP3 Damali Ayo - What Did She Just Say?
Artsy public radio stories (first aired on "studio 360" - kinda like "this american life" for artists). damali ayo is an artist who deals with the complicated issue of race using a creative approach, humor and distinclty memorable style.
13 MP3 Songs
SPOKEN WORD: Storytelling, SPOKEN WORD: Inspirational
What Did She Just Say? is a collection of artist damali ayo''s radio stories that have aired on public radio international''s Studio 360. Added to this are provocative audio art works and fun interview snippets. Hear damali panhandle for reparations, have her body parts matched by paintmixers for the flesh tone series, and squeal with infectious energy about Beethoven''s Fifth Symphony. The CD also contains everyone''s favorite reading of "White Noise" those famous questions..."How do you get your hair like that?"
damali ayo''s book HOW TO RENT A NEGRO was released in 2005 to outstanding reviews:
"Satirists Godfrey Cambridge to Dave Chappelle, and intellects Bertice Berry to Cornel West would be proud." - books and https://www.tradebit.com
"a must-read book." - bust
"witty, empathetic, unsettling, hilarious." - the nation
"teases out the foibles of racial dissonance with penetrating subtlety." - washington examiner
"Uncomfortable? Sure. But How To Rent a Negro is also funny, biting and valuable." - ruminator
her conceptual and often satirical artwork has generated important dialogue:
"You can browse damali ayo''s "https://www.tradebit.com" site until you get the gist of the jest (corporate rate, $350/hour; calling someone "sister," "sista," "girlfriend" or "girl," $150 a pop)."
- the new york times
she''s trying to cajole white liberals out of their self-congratulatory attitudes toward racism, which has many...boasting about their relationships with black people. "If they only knew how ridiculous they sometimes sounded," ayo said.
- the village https://www.tradebit.com
and she''s even been featured on CSPAN''s Book TV and appeared on the Bill O''Reilly show:
"we all were glued to the television last night. I love how she corrected Bill [O''Reilly] on how to pronounce her name- she is tough." - a viewer
damali ayo: Artist Statement
I create dialogue-driven conceptual art that engages contemporary social issues through the media of visual, virtual, written and performance art. I reconceptualize everyday objects to create a shift in a viewer''s perspective on our world and their position within it.
My work is performative in its relentless desire to engage the audience and generate an audience reaction as an on-site companion piece. I explore social/political issues that permeate our culture and my everyday experience. The work is fully committed to engaging the aesthetic, even if it describes things we consider ugly.
On the other hand i am a junk artist. In our capitalist-driven society objects are given meaning by their purchasability. Our social/political issues are junk, things we once bought (or bought into) and keep around because we are accustomed to their presence. and like the other junk i use in my work, i seek to reconceptualize these items and help us to examine their continued function in our lives. I believe art should make people think and feel. I want to leave my audience pondering discomfort, confusion, anger, joy, sadness, emotions of all kinds. I am an honest manipulator, presenting contradictions and demanding response.
One dollar from the purchase of each CD will be donated to the Carter Center. I chose the Carter Center for this donation because their work manifests my belief that all issues are connected.
The Carter Center''s programs include:
* supporting the political participation of traditionally marginalized segments of society
* assisting developing countries with the expertise to help them devise their own plans for sustainable farming and development
* making peace by preventing and resolving armed and political conflicts around the globe
* international election monitoring
* aiding in the passage of legislation, implementation and use of access to information laws
* training media in the responsibilities of a free press
* providing useful working tools to improve the effectiveness of human rights monitors and advocates
* fostering development of mental health services for children and families, promoting access to quality mental health care
* funding world wide health programs based on the value "we believe good health is a basic human right"
"Creating a world in which every man, woman, and child has the opportunity to enjoy good health and live in peace."
What Did She Just Say? is packaged in 100% recyclable packaging- no shrinkwrap, no jewel case. Better for you and your world. Enjoy!
For more info about Damali Ayo and her art please visit Damali''s web page: https://www.tradebit.com
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