WCAPS Art Forum Curator, Hannah Traore

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Hannah Traore is a recent graduate of Skidmore College where she received a Magna Cum Laude in Art History with a minor in Studio Art & Honors Forum. She recently was curator of "Africa Pop Studio" at the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore, and is Founder and Director of Arts Day at the YMCA, Saratoga Springs, New York.     


WCAPS Art Forum Panel Discussions

The WCAPS Arts and Policy Forum panel discussions highlight a local women of color artist whose work reflect the themes of peace, security, and conflict. The Forum seeks to create a safe space to encourage new ways of understanding how issues of peace, security and conflict affect women of color globally. These panels would be a way to promote engagement of women of color in peace and security along with artists to raise awareness and also target young women who may find interest in peace and security issues through a different medium. The first such panel discussion took place on June 21st at NYU Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. Additional panel discussions are being planned.

Thu 6/21 | Screening & Discussion | Women, Race, And Dignity: This Ain’t A Eulogy

Below is the video recording from the WCAPS Art Forum’s inaugural event: a screening of Taja Lindley’s short film, This Ain’t A Eulogy: A Ritual for Re-Membering. The screening was followed by a discussion between Lindley and Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins on the intersections of women, race, and dignity in our society, through the lens of art and policy. The event was presented by Art to Zebras, New York University Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, and WCAPS. The event took place at the Hemisphere Institute in New York. 

Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, Taja Lineley, and Hannah Traore, at the June 21st WCAPS Peace, Security and Art event also hosted by the NYU Hemispheric Institute and with Art for Zebras.


Tony Gum

Tony Gum uses irony in her photographs to comment on the precarious nature of water in her home country of South Africa. Her striking, bright photographs combine traditional water practices with the more modern evils of capitalism. She positions a coke create on her head the asme way a water bucket would be traditionally placed. The alteration though, is more sinister than it appears. Diabetes is a growing epidemic in South Africa as more and more sugary drinks flow into the country. Safe drinking water on the other hand, is not available.

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Tony Gum


Skin appropriate brown and bronze ballet shoes for dancers of colour

Performance for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women


"Make Change" Anoushaka Shankar, India


"This Ain't A Eulogy" - Taja Lindley

Based on Taja Lindley's solo healing performance ritual that debuted at La Mama's SQUIRTS in 2015, "This Ain't A Eulogy" is drawing parallels between discarded materials and the violent treatment of Black people in the United States. People in the African Diaspora have a long history of repurposing, remixing, and transforming oppressive systems into valuable cultural practices. 

Interview with Taja Lindley


Art from Joanne Michelle Ocampo, WCAPS Young Ambassador

A limited number of prints are available from Joanne Michelle Fernandez Ocampo's art below. Prices vary according to size, print and other materials. Proceeds go to WCAPS and other non-governmental organizations supporting work in health, security, and promoting diversity. Contact wcaps@wcapsnet.org for more information.

Joanne Michelle Fernandez Ocampo discusses the significance of her piece "Loss" and some of the inspiration behind her work.

  BEAUTIFUL  "Beauty is when you combine elements within you with what's around you." Acrylic on canvas. Joanne Michelle Fernandez Ocampo, 2017.

BEAUTIFUL "Beauty is when you combine elements within you with what's around you." Acrylic on canvas. Joanne Michelle Fernandez Ocampo, 2017.

  LOSS.  "Lift up those drowning in the tears of war and conflict." Acrylic on canvas. Joanne Michelle Fernandez Ocampo, 2017.

LOSS. "Lift up those drowning in the tears of war and conflict." Acrylic on canvas. Joanne Michelle Fernandez Ocampo, 2017.

  REACH.  "Life is about the legacy you leave behind, so reach out a hand when you can." Acrylic on canvas. Joanne Michelle Fernandez Ocampo, 2017.

REACH. "Life is about the legacy you leave behind, so reach out a hand when you can." Acrylic on canvas. Joanne Michelle Fernandez Ocampo, 2017.

  TREASURE  "Don't forget to look inwards for that's where you keep your gold." Acrylic on canvas. Joanne Michelle Fernandez Ocampo, 2017.

TREASURE "Don't forget to look inwards for that's where you keep your gold." Acrylic on canvas. Joanne Michelle Fernandez Ocampo, 2017.

  STRENGTH  "Turn heavy burdens into milestones of success." Acrylic on canvas. Joanne Michelle Fernandez Ocampo, 2017.

STRENGTH "Turn heavy burdens into milestones of success." Acrylic on canvas. Joanne Michelle Fernandez Ocampo, 2017.