Graffiti Guru Ananda Nahu | 30 Days Unchained : Day 11 Sunday 20 January, 2013

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30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day 11 – 1/20/13 | Inspiration: Ananda Nahu Extraordinarily bold and delightfully feminine, Brazilian graffiti artist Ananda Nahu‘s work is electrifying. When asked to describe her artwork, Nahu tells Live Unchained “With female characters, represent women who can convey strength and attitude, with a strong female identity and solidarity reflection of […]

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30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day 11 – 1/20/13 | Inspiration: Ananda Nahu

Extraordinarily bold and delightfully feminine, Brazilian graffiti artist Ananda Nahu‘s work is electrifying. When asked to describe her artwork, Nahu tells Live Unchained “With female characters, represent women who can convey strength and attitude, with a strong female identity and solidarity reflection of this generation. I show the other side of the magic of the woman, the strength and beauty of feminine delicacy without exploitation.”

Ananda’s street art, which focuses on artists from Nina Simone to Angela Davis, truly captures the essence of the power and creativity that lies within every woman. Speaking about her choice of imagery, Nahu says “It is important that these women can fit into a context of painting to reaffirm the importance of their work and contribute to strengthening the image and dignity of women immortalized visually.” Ananda’s dedication to presenting a positive image of women is inspiration for today’s challenge…

Challenge (Find, Create, or Remix an Image that Answers the Question): What feminine images do you find empowering?

Share your image(s) on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and be sure to tag @liveunchained and use the hashtag #30unchained so we can shout you out! Be sure to follow us on FacebookPinterestand Twitter to keep up with the latest #30unchained news.

Live Unchained: How would you describe your artwork?

Ananda Nahu: My paintings are the result of the mixture of my influences that passes for music that influences the painting with calligraphy albums, colors, theme, characters and movement of the composition of the album covers, posters and banners, crafts of cultures, religious manifestations in painting, references fabric weaving and the world, mainly Africans and Asians, and the different artistic aspects.

With female characters, represent women who can convey strength and attitude, with a strong female identity and solidarity reflection of this generation. I show the other side of the magic of the woman, the strength and beauty of feminine delicacy without exploitation.

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LU: A lot of your work glorifies talented and intelligent women such as Nina Simone, Diana Ross, and Angela Davis. Why is it important for you to portray strong and beautiful women of color in your work?

AN: In the pictures you choose to paint, some are of my own authorship, or else seek to work with renowned photographers or collection already recognized worldwide by portraying women and the great revolutionary black female singers who have influenced the world of music, singers and musicians who gave these strength and dignity of the female image showing the world musical works of excellence. It is important that these women can fit into a context of painting to reaffirm the importance of their work and contribute to strengthening the image and dignity of women immortalized visually.

LU: Finally, what does living unchained mean to you?

AN: Be free!

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

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