This week we take a break from scandal to hear two very different Santa Fe stories from two very different Santa Fe artists, Prescott — a Santa Fe original — and Issa Nyaphaga, originally from Cameroon, activist, artist, journalist and one time refugee. And Jim Atwood’s New Mexico Minute on the abysmal performance of our 529 plans. (Can’t break from scandal altogether!)
Listen to the podcast here:(25 min)
Prescott’s Animals and see more at prescottstudio.comPrescott himself outside the new space (the old Nambe factory on Agua Fria)
ABOUT ISSA NYAPHAGA
Issa Nyaphaga was born in Cameroon (central Africa) and grew up in the small village of the Tikar tribe in the very heart of Cameroons equatorial forest. The Tikar are primarily farmers and like the other Tikar children, Issa was initiated in his early childhood into traditional painting.
Issa became a political cartoonist for the satirical newspaper, Le Messager Popoli. Opposed to the political regime in Cameroon, he was tortured and jailed. In 1996, he escaped from his country to seek asylum in France, where lived and worked for 10 years.
Currently based in Santa Fe, Issa still divides his time between the United States, Paris and Cameroon where he shares his work and advice with students and young artists, also conducting therapeutic workshops for children-at-risk.
He also has been working on the development of a philosophical concept called “Urban Way,” in which he paints his body and stages live performances that include live music. It is an act of protest against not being able to return home freely.
HITIP Project Cameroon created by Issa Nyaphaga
Issa Nyaphaga for FreeDimensional Organisation- Creative Resistance Fund