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Ndume Olatushani: Art is Freedom 

When: Sept. 14-Oct. 7 2013
I wrote a Scene cover story about Nashville-based painter Ndume Olatushani in May, but I didn’t mention art until I was about 1,000 words in. That’s because Olatushani, whose name means “unifier” in Swahili, spent 27 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. The story of that injustice seemed a little more urgent than the fact that he also makes paintings. But Olatushani has been a free man for more than a year now, and his incarceration fades further and further from his mind. The products of that incarceration, however — colorful canvases of African marketplaces and women in dashikis standing on hills that he painted while inside prison walls — are just as fresh as ever. East Nashville’s Bryant Gallery is hosting a solo show of the self-taught artist’s work, and tonight he’ll speak about his paintings and, no doubt, his time in prison. Be prepared for a disarmingly humble, charismatic man with an incredible story to tell.
— Laura Hutson


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