Visual Artist • Photographer • Curator • Arts Consultant • iPadologist
Mansa K. Mussa
In the tradition of James Baldwin, I am an eyewitness, an eyewitness to things seen and unseen. I am a Newark artist and a citizen of the world, who has been living, working, dancing, teaching, and making art for over a half-century in the great metropolis. It is a life that has been shaped by the city’s fiery cauldron of art, politics, music, dance, fashion, power, and personalities.
My favorite instrument of art is the camera, and the camera, negative, JPEG, and iPad are the vessels that capture the essence of my memory, that which I intend to be expressed or indicated. The photographer’s encapsulated memory makes us historians by default. Our work serves as a commentary on our observations of past, present, and future events in our lives, our communities, and by natural extension, the world.
As a visual artist, my primary obligation is to document the unfolding of human events in the African Diaspora (The World) and to use art to serve and heal the Community. As an arts educator, my goal is to utilize art as a means of self-expression and as a tool to creatively solve problems.