Konsten att lyssna

Reflections  from Henning Mankell.

THE ART OF LISTENING

” The simplest way to explain what I’ve learned from my life in Africa is through a parable about why human beings have two ears but only one tongue. Why is this? Probably so that we have to listen twice as much as we speak.

In Africa listening is a guiding principle. It’s a principle that’s been lost in the constant chatter of the Western world, where no one seems to have the time or even the desire to listen to anyone else.  It’s as if we have completely lost the ability to listen. We talk and talk, and we end up frightened by silence, the refuge of those who are at a loss for an answer.

Many people make the mistake of confusing information with knowledge. They are not the same thing. Knowledge involves the interpretation of information. Knowledge involves listening. ” 

The full article

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/11/opinion/sunday/in-africa-the-art-of-listening.html

The art of listening

The art of listening

African Art

This month south african artist Vusi Mfupi The Paper Boy was featured by Caroline Kaminju on African Colours. AfricanColours is a privately funded organisation engaged in the promotion of African Contemporary Artists and dissemination of Contemporary African art news on the internet.

Young, focused, talented, passionate, successful and dedicated, are some of the adjectives Mbogeni Buthelezi, a plastic collage artist and former art teacher uses to describe his student Vusi Mfupi. Read more on this talented artist at AfricanColours – Vusi Mfupi The Paper Boy.

Vusi Mfupi is a South Afrcan artist, a story teller who uses his collages to depict the daily lives of ordinary people. ‘In my work I look at social aspects of life most of which are very simple,’ he says. ‘I am a very simple person and I want people to relate with my work without any complication. When they read into my art, it’s like a child reading a book’.

Jozi By Vusi Mfupi

Jozi By Vusi Mfupi