FIT STUDENTS PHOTOGRAPH VANISHING AFRICAN TRIBES

Last January, FIT students Trupal Pandya, Photography ’14, and Alexander Papakonstadinou, Photography ’14, visited the Omo Valley in Ethiopia to document five tribes: the Bena, Mursi, Hamar, Arbore, and Ari. Just in time, too: the traditional ways of these peoples are losing ground to the lure of Western, materialist pleasures.

Copyright Trupal Pandya

Copyright Trupal Pandya

The students spent ten days traveling around the valley, living with the tribes and photographing madly. Some of the people they met were naked; others were adorned with beads; still others were painted with ash.

Copyright Alexander Papakonstadinos

Copyright Alexander Papakonstadinou

Of the traditions he watched, Pandya was most astonished by a bull-jumping rite of passage. “The boy has to jump over ten bulls to prove that he’s an adult, to get married,” he says. Now that’s a lot of bull!

Copyright Trupal Pandya

Copyright Trupal Pandya

About 40 of these pictures will be presented in the Marvin Feldman Center lobby from today, March 21, to April 4. And on March 25 at 6 pm, Pandya and Papakonstadinou will preside over a reception to share the stories behind the work.

Copyright Alexander Papakonstadinou

Copyright Alexander Papakonstadinou

Pandya is no stranger to stunning travel photography. The spring issue of Hue, coming out in April, will feature his riveting, brilliantly hued images from the Holi festival in India.

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TATTOO ARTISTS IN MOTION, PART FIVE: CHRIS TORRES

Hue presents the last in a five-part video series highlighting alumni tattoo artists. If you haven’t yet, check out part one, part two, part three, and part four.

Chris Torres, Illustration ’97, is co-owner of Chris Torres’ Red Legged Devils Studio, a new ink spot near the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In this video, he talks about how tattooing on skin differs from drawing on paper.

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TATTOO ARTISTS IN MOTION, PART FOUR: VINCENT CASTIGLIA

Here’s video number four in our ongoing series featuring tattoo artists who graduated from FIT.

Vincent Castiglia, Illustration ’04, owner of Arcanum Studio, creates chillingly lifelike work on skin. In this video, he shows off his version of the Coney Island Cyclone.

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TATTOO ARTISTS IN MOTION, PART THREE: MAGIE SERPICA

Magie Serpica, Illustration ’07, is co-owner of Milk and Honey Tattoo on Castleton Avenue in Staten Island, NY. Here she explains how cover-ups are done.

When tattoos get old, they begin to fade and warp, or they no longer represent a person’s values. Serpica applies a new, bolder tattoo atop the old one, so that you’d have to look really closely to see evidence of earlier work.

This is part three of Hue’s video series on alumni tattoo artists. Don’t forget to watch parts one about Victor Modafferi of Bullseye Tattoo and part two about Johann Florendo of Mean Street Tattoo!

 

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TATTOO ARTISTS IN MOTION, PART TWO: JOHANN FLORENDO

Get ready for some body-sized ink!

Hue presents the second installment of our ongoing video series of FIT alumni tattoo artists. Johann Florendo, Fine Arts ’98, a specialist in Japanese imagery, talks about why he likes to do big work.

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