Mami Wata: July 2010August 2, 2010
Show with photographer Bruce McNeil opens at Honfleur Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Posted by Susanna
Fine art photographer Bruce McNeil’s new exhibition opened at Honfleur Gallery in Washington, D.C. on Friday evening, July 30, 2010.
“MMI WATA: Capturing the Spirit” is the title of fine art photographer Bruce McNeil’s new exhibition at Honfleur Gallery in the Anacostia section of Washington, D.C. that opened on Friday evening, July 30, 2010.
IN THE exhibition,” McNeil examines the Anacostia River, using Mami Wata, a mythic water spirit that originated in Africa, as inspiration. He uses portraits of women, including his own mother, to personify the spirit of the river, overlaying them with nature imagery shot on the river.
THIS thought-provoking exhibition stems from three profound artistic and environmental experiences that the photographer had during the summer of 2009. While attending a provocative lecture given by author John R. Wennersten titled “Anacostia: The Death & Life of an American River” at the Anacostia Community Museum, McNeil discovered that it was dubbed as America’s “most polluted river” or the forgotten river. According to statistics the pollution and contamination of the river is severe.
HONFLEUR Gallery is located at 1241 Good Hope Road, S.E., Washington, D.C. 20020. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday noon – 5 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m, and closed on Sundays and Mondays. For more information: www.honfleurgallery.com or contact 202-536-8994.
Frederick Douglass, editor of African Diaspora News, and his daughter, artist Melani N. Douglass
Photographer Sonnie Barrington Mason, artist Patricia Underwood, photographer Bruce McNeil and Casimir Eitner
Photographer Marlon Normon, photographer Bruce McNeil, Misty Brown of Washington Informer, and “Cowboy Fred,” radio host at WPFW-FM.
Misty Brown of The Washington Informer, photographer Bruce McNeil and artist Patricia Underwood
Photography by Bruce McNeil