Blind Leading the Blind

Koji Kobayashi is a deaf-blind man living in Nagoya, Japan. Suffering from Usher's Syndrom, a relatively rare genetic disorder, he began loosing his sight and hearing as a child. Since then he has become an advocate for disabled person's rights in Japan. He has traveled abroad to study how other countries help their deaf-blind citizens and brought what he has learned to Japan to help improve the system overall. Koji talks about a range of issues inherent with being deaf-blind ranging from the ability to work within society to the feelings of isolation that all deaf-blind people occasionally, or frequently, experience.

Country Boy Art

Wayne Estes is a central Kentucky man that has been making longriffle muzzleloaders, also known as flintlock muzzleloaders, for over 20 years. The Kentucky long riffle muzzleloader has a long tradition of production and though the tradition is quickly dying out, there are still a number of avid and committed craftsmen in Kentucky that preserve the tradition today. 

As a native Kentuckian, gunsmithing means more to Wayne Estes than simple weapons production; it is his art and a way for him to communicate with his cultural history and personal identity, as well as a way for him to leave something for future generations to remember their cultural heritage in years to come.

Life on a Thread

Simion Lungu lives in the small village of Vadeni, Moldova. Every evening he works with his wife to loom and sew traditional Moldovan clothes. In this film he talks about the dying art of traditional clothesmaking and its ties to Moldovan history and spirit.
Simion Lungu trăiește în micul sat Vădeni din Republica Moldova. În fiecare seară, lucrează împreună cu soția la război și coase costume din portul tradițional moldovenesc. În filmulețul de față, Simion Lungu ne vorbește despre meșteșugul vopsirii costumelor tradiționale și despre legăturile pe care acestea le au cu istoria și spiritul Moldovei.

These Streets

In a rapidly vacating city, street art makes Baltimore beautiful.
These Streets looks at the street art scene in Baltimore, both legal and illegal. It explores how street artists are using an ever more desolate landscape as a canvas for their work. 

There is a wide variety of street artists in Baltimore. While some street artists create and post silkscreened posters promoting events like May Day protests, other larger and more visible artists, such as Gaia, curate large funded projects, such as Open Walls Baltimore, that invites major artists to use Baltimore as their canvas. These Streets talks about the double-edged sword of how the public art may both beautify and gentrify a neighborhood and the benefits and dangers that may have on a community.

Video Credits: Gabe Dinsmoor, Alice Richardson, Clary Estes

NOW Artist: Charlotte Dumas

Charlotte Dumas travels the world making evocative formal portraits of animals. She typically works in series, portraying animals characterized by their utility, social function, or by the way they relate to people. Anima, her first one-person museum exhibition in the United States, features a newly commissioned series of portraits centered on the majestic burial horses of Arlington National Cemetery. The exhibition also includes three earlier bodies of work that explore the inner lives of animals. Reverie (2005) depicts gray wolves, alone and in packs, in forested nature preserves in Sweden, Norway, and the United States. Palermo 7 (2006) is a series of close-up portraits showing racehorses, their heads tethered in place, in their hippodrome stalls in Italy and France. Heart Shaped Hole (2008) depicts stray dogs, adapting in different ways to the privation they experience on the streets of Palermo.

Her work was at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, July 14 - October 28, 2012.

The video was produced by Paul Bothwell, Clary Estes, Becky Harlan

© 2017 Clary Estes via Visura