A talk with Vagabond Alexander Beaumont

Mind at work. Director Vagabond Alexander Beaumont.
Mind at work. Director Vagabond Alexander Beaumont.

DSCN0033 DSCN0034 For the past two years, I have followed Vagabond, from “No way home” to “Machetero”.  From bringing Chacha home to “Harlem’s Last Poet”, I became intrigued with his work.

The interview was more than conversation, with a lot of laughter, memories and new information.  He calls himself an Anarchist, a believer of freedom, a narrator of life.

Soon I will upload the interview.

THE ARTIST WITH A VISION

THE ARTIST WITH A VISION

By Catherine C. Taylor

The Island of Puerto Rico is synonymous to music, food and the arts. One area that is constantly visited by tourist is the Old San Juan. The Fortaleza del Morro, la Catedral, and the small art exhibits and museums are the main attraction of the area. However, a young man with a vision took the initiative to merge towns along with the arts bringing their stories into a non-conventional canvas.

Chemi Rosado-Seijo by ADÁL, 2013. From the series of established and emerging contemporary artists, art critics, curators, collectors, art administrators and movement artists in Puerto Rico.

   Chemi Rosado-Seijo by ADÁL, 2013

Meet the artist Chemi Rosado-Seijo the artist with a vision. Rosado-Seijo has a commitment to better communities through the arts, by engaging the young and old. By tapping into the raw talent found not only within the communities he is involved with, but around the island of Puerto Rico. He has also worked very closely with the residents of La Perla, in San Juan, presenting art projects, teaching art workshops and becoming involved in many community engagements.

Born in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, Rosado-Seijo graduated from the painting department of the Puerto Rico School of Visual Arts in 1997. In 1998, he worked with Michy Marxuach to open a gallery that transformed into a not-for-profit organization presenting resources and exhibitions for contemporary artists in Puerto Rico. In 2000, Rosado-Seijo had his first solo show at the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona, including interventions on billboards around the city. On 2009, Rosado-Seijo converted his apartment into a museum that also serves as a meeting place for artists. The Chemi Room creation has helped up and coming artist with self-exhibits.

One of the most amazing projects Rosado-Seijo was involved in was the creation of “La Perla’s Bowl. Since inaugurated in 2006 La Perla’ s Bowl has served as both a skateboarding ramp and a pool. El Cerro is another of Rosado-Seijos projects, involving the community of el Cerro located in the town of Naranjito.  This project consists of painting the houses in the hillside in different tones of greens. To depict how the community has respected the hills and build their homes without changing the topography of the area.

Rosado-Seijo is dedicated to safeguard the arts in Puerto Rico. Hopefully, the initiatives he has taken to safeguard these projects and the arts don’t die with the moment.

 

EL CERRO

 The project consists in painting their houses different shades of green paying an homage to the way the community has been built respecting harmoniously its surroundings and the topography of the mountains where it stands.

 

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La Perla Bowl

The La Perla Bowl has gained international recognition through skateboarding magazines and ads, including a billboard in New York City.

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What is the purpose of the magazine “Charlie Hebdo”?

As salamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu.

First, I do not condone what happened in Paris.  I will go as far as to say the men who did this should burn in the hell fire. The purpose of Charlie Hebdo is disseminate hate, racism and bigotry.  In other words they care about no one, they are constantly publishing satirical depictions not only of Islam, but also of Christianity and Judaism.  So why are we so offended by such stupidity, ignorance and criticism?  Are Muslims the only ones targeted in this magazine?  No we are not.

How can we advocate peace when what these men are doing is totally the contrary?  How can we come back from this terrible incident?  Even in Islam exists freedom of speech, so why are we condemning reporters, news casters and journalism as a whole?  We need to stand strong and intelligently against these situations, we need not a group of few sociopath to define Islam. We need not as Muslims be define by this single incident, but what we need to do is re-group and take back our lives, lives not defined by a few.

How can we survive the incident in Paris this past week? “Jihadists” that throw Islam back 100 years by the killing of 12 reporters. Is other ways of fighting, and one of them is the pen. Write, criticize let your voice be heard. In times of oppression what our Prophet would have done? Did he go on a rampage killing everyone?  If we want be the Muslims that follow the example of the Salaf, we should start acting like them. Denounce the wrong and live to respect life. If we create hate that is exactly what we will reciprocate.

In the Qur’an says:   “Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors.”   Surah Ma’idah ayat 32.