i want to thank Karen Vernon for giving me a special rate, as i don't make big priced commercial art.
What i do make, generally, performance, installation, art protest, those things are not tangible in the world of art sale or commercial art, well at least not yet in Belize.
So i brought some pieces i am working on for my upcoming solo show, some zentangle cards, my watercolour block to pass the time and of course BAFFU magazine.
And it was clear to me, that this publication, is an olive branch to the youth of Belize.
The youth, whom we discuss, we decide what is best for, and dictate to them, without once consulting them, or including them in the conversation.
We need to change that.
BAFFU magazine however is a free space, no "establishment", no guidelines, no hoops to jump to get in the magazine.
This freedom is not to say that it has no direction.
BAFFU has been clear from the start, artists NEED a platform for their work and the Belizean cultural practise needs to be chronicled.
This is what BAFFU does.
Now, what the youth said, "thank you, this is the first time, I'm see this kind of art in Belize"
"We didn't know we could publish" "this is incredible, look at all the different kinds..."
BAFFU is electric, and it allows the electricity to be channeled to the purpose of creating a platform and chronicling the cultural experience. This without the bureaucratic red tape, and the typical but very dangerous staple of the art world, dividing art into two groups: Capital A art and Small a art.
Let's continue to art for the youth, engage them, and get their ideas. We older ones have the experience, but experience is nothing without the audacity of the youth!