The Founders Project
The Founders Project

The Founders Project is a multimedia installation project headed by Boston based artist and educator Stephen Hamilton. The project re-imagines Boston Public School High-School students as the legendary founders of the West and West-Central African ethnic groups, that are part of the ancestral base for the African diaspora. The pieces incorporate painting, weaving and sculpture traditions from each of the spotlighted ethnic groups and was installed in The Bruce C. Bolling Building in the fall of 2018. The project will contribute to a larger syllabus on West African cultural continuity in the African Diaspora designed for High School students.

Joseph Lewis as Eze Nri
Joseph Lewis as Eze Nri

72” x 60”

acrylic, Natural Dyes and Pigments on wood and hand woven, hand dyed cloth

2018

Gianna Watson as Yennenga
Gianna Watson as Yennenga

72” x 60”

acrylic, Natural Dyes and Pigments on wood and hand woven, hand dyed cloth

2018

Ruth Ayuso as Nnimm Woman Descending
Ruth Ayuso as Nnimm Woman Descending

72” x 60”

acrylic, Natural Dyes and Pigments on wood and hand woven, hand dyed cloth

2018

Jahnae Wyatt as Queen Poku
Jahnae Wyatt as Queen Poku

72” x 60”

acrylic, Natural Dyes and Pigments on wood and hand woven, hand dyed cloth.

2018

Dashawn Borden as Sundiata Keita
Dashawn Borden as Sundiata Keita

72” x 60”

acrylic, aluminum sheeting, Natural Dyes and Pigments on wood and hand woven, hand dyed cloth.

Adriana Stitching Cloth
Adriana Stitching Cloth
Dyeing yarn in Guinea Corn leaves
Dyeing yarn in Guinea Corn leaves
Dyed Yarn
Dyed Yarn
Dyed Yarn
Dyed Yarn
Tony spinning raffia
Tony spinning raffia
The Founders Project
Joseph Lewis as Eze Nri
Gianna Watson as Yennenga
Ruth Ayuso as Nnimm Woman Descending
Jahnae Wyatt as Queen Poku
Dashawn Borden as Sundiata Keita
Adriana Stitching Cloth
Dyeing yarn in Guinea Corn leaves
Dyed Yarn
Dyed Yarn
Tony spinning raffia
The Founders Project

The Founders Project is a multimedia installation project headed by Boston based artist and educator Stephen Hamilton. The project re-imagines Boston Public School High-School students as the legendary founders of the West and West-Central African ethnic groups, that are part of the ancestral base for the African diaspora. The pieces incorporate painting, weaving and sculpture traditions from each of the spotlighted ethnic groups and was installed in The Bruce C. Bolling Building in the fall of 2018. The project will contribute to a larger syllabus on West African cultural continuity in the African Diaspora designed for High School students.

Joseph Lewis as Eze Nri

72” x 60”

acrylic, Natural Dyes and Pigments on wood and hand woven, hand dyed cloth

2018

Gianna Watson as Yennenga

72” x 60”

acrylic, Natural Dyes and Pigments on wood and hand woven, hand dyed cloth

2018

Ruth Ayuso as Nnimm Woman Descending

72” x 60”

acrylic, Natural Dyes and Pigments on wood and hand woven, hand dyed cloth

2018

Jahnae Wyatt as Queen Poku

72” x 60”

acrylic, Natural Dyes and Pigments on wood and hand woven, hand dyed cloth.

2018

Dashawn Borden as Sundiata Keita

72” x 60”

acrylic, aluminum sheeting, Natural Dyes and Pigments on wood and hand woven, hand dyed cloth.

Adriana Stitching Cloth
Dyeing yarn in Guinea Corn leaves
Dyed Yarn
Dyed Yarn
Tony spinning raffia
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