Say hello to our new Artist in Residence, Israel Ekanem!

We are so excited to introduce you all to our 2018/19 Cyber Social Artist in Residence, Israel Ekanem!

Israel Ekanem is a storyteller. He was introduced to the art of storytelling by his grandmother, Lydia and he fell in love with it. Storytelling has been his passion for years. The stories he initially shared would be spoken or written but he always felt the camera would give the stories more life. He received a camcorder as a birthday gift and he has been shooting and sharing stories ever since.

His films include the award-winning films We Watched The Clouds Form Shapes, Drown The Lovers, Dearg and Tale of the Man Who Whispered To Flowers. He believes that a story, properly told can change the world, one person at a time. He hopes to keep telling stories for as long as he lives.

From November until March 2019, Israel will be working on his project MyBlackOutPoems. Black Out poems are poems created by blacking out sections from other written works. Israel will be leading workshops at CFAT, sharing information about blackout poems and how to create them. This project will also research the impact of social media on arts, artists and the artistic community both locally in HRM but also globally.

Follow @myblackoutpoems @IsraelIEkanem and @centreforarttapes to find out more!