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Janet Goldner
Have we Met?
Installation: steel sculpture, video, sound

12 feet

Have We Met? (A Portrait of Mali) is a installation with steel sculpture, video and sound. Gestural sculptures in the form of vessels, books, Y-sticks, zigzags, and beads were inspired by Malian philosophy and culture.  A 15 minute split-screen video loop presents four aspects of daily life in Karenguimbe, a remote village in northern Mali. This installation is the first time I have combined video with sculpture. Have We Met? bridges Malian realities & Western audiences with images that are small, personal and human. Have We Met? presents an image of Africa that is nuanced and positive, countering persistent negative stereotypes.

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