Dancing With My Friends Makes Me Feel Strong. No.90
(Shown) Archival heat sublimated print on aluminum
33×48-inches: Edition of 1 + 1AP
Signed and numbered on the reverse (verso)
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Dancing With My Friends Makes Me Feel Strong. No.90
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“Dancing With My Friends Makes Me Feel Strong”

By David McIntyre

Print sale in support of the Paper Fig Foundation with 50% donated to their mission of holistic empowerment through fashion and the arts in East Africa.

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In Kasese, southwest Uganda, the Paper Fig Foundation established a sewing school that has enrolled hundreds of students. There they learn skills and build confidence and community. Upon graduation, they can join the PFF Alumni Association, which helps them find jobs, launch their businesses, and continue to seek professional development.

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“What if…”

Acting
Without
a Why or
Wherefore

“What if…”

Acting Without a Why or Wherefore.

On the International Day of the Girl, The Paper Fig Foundation asked girls from the Kasese in southwest Uganda. ‘What makes you feel strong?’ Among the many heartfelt answers, I was particularly taken with 12-year-old Tracy Masika who wrote. “Dancing with my friends makes me feel strong.”

Dancing is such an open and free-flowing expression of ‘what if…’ As in, what if I threw myself in the air and spun around?

I found Tracy’s ability to find strength in something as pure and unbridled as dancing to be so wise. It reminded me of the medieval mystic Meister Eckhart, who encouraged people to act without a why or wherefore.

When I look at nature, I see a whole lot of what if… I see it at the center of creation; in nature and art and wherever ideas burst forth, and it’s what I’ve tried to capture with this series.

Please help the The Paper Fig Foundation continue their work, providing the support and skills that help Tracy, and girls like her, become and stay strong.

 

Woman with child, photographed in Kasese during a 2018 trip to the region

Dancing With My Friends Makes Me Feel Strong. No. 90  (2021)
(Shown) Archival pigment print on ‘Hot Press’ natural cotton rag paper
30×40-inches: Edition of 10 + 2AP
$100 – $3700

The Paper Fig Foundation established a health clinic in the Village of Kihara which has treated over 10,000 patients and administered thousands of life-saving vaccinations since it opened in 2015.

 

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What if… (2021)
Produced exclusively for this fundraiser, What if… asks,
‘What if I combined three images from the series
‘Dancing With My Friends Makes Me Feel Strong?’

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It feels wrong to show this work in opulent apartments while raising money for communities who often live in simple brick and earth-build dwellings. But, since recognizing this disparity and working towards a more equitable world is the purpose of my work, I hope you’ll forgive the process.  David McIntyre

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