Artists Print First Edition of BAFFU Magazine
The latest edition of BAFFU was released today at the Image Factory; it is also the first printed version. The publication contains a collection of unconventional works by a group of artists who take their idea and express it in a way that is not the usual standard. At least three hundred artists have been featured in the magazine since the first issue; they are taking art to another level. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.
Duane Moody, Reporting
On June twelfth, 2014, a group of persons: artists, photographers, poets and writers – have been on a quest of trying to document, collect and record, the visual, poetic and creative writing that local artists have been producing. That gave birth to BAFFU – a publication, initially digital and on social media platforms, that provokes discussion on what are societal norms that look at life in an abstract way. Since then, the group has released nine editions of BAFFU and on this occasion, a printed edition; hardcopy of the magazine published. According to Editor Yasser Musa, BAFFU is the art of trying.
“We feel this spirit of trying because we are still developing as artists and developing along with our own state—our state of being, our state in terms of the society and our state in terms of the national landscape.”
In its ninth edition, BAFFU has featured the work of over three hundred talented persons, who the editors believe have been without a space to showcase their artistic works.
“They come from different ages, background, ethnicities..all kinds of things. And I was saying earlier that most of them are really young, meaning under thirty. And the main concept that I draw—being that I am a little older—is that they don’t have the prejudice that I grew up with which is the prejudice of misogynism, the prejudice of homophobia; they are artists that are enlighten and that see humanity for what it is. As a driving force of creativity; as a driving force of having art as a transformational tool rather than just an object for people to desire or like. So they have expanded the boundary, the barrier and the space of Art. And when I say Art, I mean with a capital ‘A’ whether it is visual, poetic, musical even.”
Their insight as young fearless Belizeans is the greatest lesson to be portrayed. An artist in her own right, Katie Usher has been with the project since its inception. She wants to encourage other persons to craft their art. Her piece on Noh Mul is most inspiring.
Katie Usher, Editor, BAFFU
“Being a university dropout, that is where I buried all of my transcripts. All my school transcripts are right there in the rubble of Noh Mul because I am saying there is no point of studying if I am going to be bludgeoning our history. The second one I like is the one I call ‘Love Is’ because a couple years ago there was something online with a young lady and a tattoo artist. And the level of hatred that that young woman received, as luring an adult that is one of the things that bothers me is child rape; that’s one of my main issues. So definitely those two: the cultural rape and child rape.”
Kyraan Gabourel is a well-known poet along with 501 Spoken Word. He too is featured in the publication along with some artists from Central American countries.
Kyraan Gabourel, Editor, BAFFU
“Some of my pieces are in the publication and we have also from our artists—not only artists from Belize, but we also have artists internationally that submit towards the magazine. First it was also Belizeans that were featured in the first two magazines and then in issue three; we started to move towards international artists. So we have artists from Mexico, from Guatemala, from El Salvador and all the way in South America and even in Taiwan…we reach a lot of people.”
Duane Moody for News Five.