Creative Discovery: Delphine Diallo | 30 Days Unchained : Day 12 Monday 21 January, 2013

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30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day 12 – 1/21/13 | Inspiration: Delphine Diallo Magic Photo Studio by Delphine Diallo To Parisian-born photographer Delphine Diallo, the beauty is in the details. By channeling her spirit into a creative outlet, Delphine has become an expert in translating raw human emotion into something tangible – a photograph. Speaking about […]

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30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day 12 – 1/21/13 | Inspiration: Delphine Diallo

Magic Photo Studio by Delphine Diallo

To Parisian-born photographer Delphine Diallo, the beauty is in the details. By channeling her spirit into a creative outlet, Delphine has become an expert in translating raw human emotion into something tangible – a photograph. Speaking about how spirituality influences her art, Delphine tells Live Unchained, “Being spiritual is sometimes something that you have in yourself since you are born. Let’s just say that for me, I was already with strong spirit but I didn’t know what it was. It’s difficult to explain, but it’s like having a lot of energy and feeling and not knowing how to use and control it for a long time. The maturity and experience help you to channel this power and transform it through art. Love, love is the key.  It is hard to love yourself and be confident but that’s the first part, to be able to embrace your spirit.”

As a photographer, graphic designer, illustrator and filmmaker, Delphine is currently living and working in New York. Since graduating with distinction from the Académie Charpentier School of Visual Art in 1999, she has worked as a graphic designer and animator for various musical acts, including Coldplay, Smashing Pumpkins, and Manu Chao. Delphine’s vision is inspiration for today’s challenge…

Challenge (Find, Create, or Remix an Image that Answers the Question): What does art help you to discover?

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Live Unchained: What does art help you to discover?

Delphine Diallo: Art is the key to live in a better world if you know how to use it.  Art has opened my mind to understand how as an individual you can contribute to improve others life too.  I became more tolerant, less selfish, giving myself the freedom to understand the other and discover that without your friends and family, you won’t be inspired.

“Dream Life” from the Renaissance Series by Delphine Diallo

LU: You created a body of work called “Renaissance,” which captures images from your trip to Senegal? Can you share with us what you learned from your experience in Senegal and what you wanted to capture in pieces inspired by that trip?
DD: I flew to Saint-Louis, Senegal, land of her ancestors, in search of Something permanent. “Renaissance” is the body of work that resulted from this trip. It is a series of stories in which the protagonists are heroes of ancient tales, where beauty and violence coexist on parallel planes, the one reflected and made possible only by the other. The men and women featured in “Renaissance” are spiritually strong, beautiful, full of life, and proud despite life’s cruelty. In “The Beautiful Ones,” Anta, an eleven-year-old girl appears frequently in the photographs, symbolizing youthful strength, potential and innocence not yet lost. Khady Kebe & Loli, two seventeen year olds represent young ladies full of life, joy, and (perhaps naïve) hope for a better future. Kine Diop is a twenty eight-year-old who represents the proud African queen, symbolic of maturity and serenity in the face of hardship. My work is often autobiographical and these women are me at various stages of my own life. The images encountered are filled with weakness and suffering. “The Goats” depicts tranquility and slaughter, innocence as well as a supreme vulnerability culminating in death. “Le Boucher” is the story of a slayer, one who carves food from the dead to sustain life. He represents the cycle of life – destruction, distress, and the raw violence of reality in balance with life-sustaining nourishment and renewal. metaphorically, “Le Boucher” also represents a broken heart cut in pieces. The flesh is dead and from this carcass the spirit is reborn.

LU: You once said your art reflects “spirituality and lots of love.” Can you say more about that? Would you consider yourself spiritually grounded and do you think that helps your art?
DD: Being spiritual is sometimes something that you have in yourself since you are born.  Let’s just say that for me, I was already with strong spirit but I didn’t know what it was. It’s difficult to explain, but it’s like having a lot of energy and feeling and not knowing how to use and control it for a long time. The maturity and experience help you to channel this power and transform it through art. Love, love is the key.  It is hard to love yourself and be confident but that’s the first part, to be able to embrace your spirit.

Art is the battery, a meditative process to connect with yourself… you will believe I am crazy… but I think we should be able to be educated this way. Our wisdom and connection to the planet have been lost growing up in the 21st century.

LU: What does living unchained mean to you?
DD: I am, and my life is a journey to discover everyday what I’m going to become–with no fear.

This interview is excerpted from a full feature with the artist. View the original article here.

30 Days Unchained/#30unchained is an interactive creative countdown to the Live Unchained Anniversary Celebration . Everyday for 30 days, we’ll share some of our most popular interviews with Live Unchained featured artists. They include women creatives of various disciplines from across the African diaspora. Her creative journey will be the inspiration for your challenge. To participate simply respond to the challenge question with images (not words). Share it on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and be sure to tag @liveunchained so we can shout you out – it’s that simple. Learn more about 30 Days Unchained, including rules and prizes hereGet your daily challenge from Thursday, January 10th through the day of the big bash on Friday, February 8th at www.liveunchained.com.

Written by Aleyna Jones and Kathryn Buford

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