ed miliano dar es salaam

Dar es Salaam is a body of work that the artist began in 2009 in Tanzania. It includes drawings and paintings that were inspired by the local landscape. These works use the Frangipani tree and the Indian House Crow as motifs. Both species arrived in East Africa from other parts of the world. The Frangipani tree, or Plumeria, with its sweet perfume and beautiful flowers, from the Americas and the ubiquitous crow from Asia. While the frangipani tree sits comfortably in its adopted home, the crow is an unwelcome intruder that displaces indigenous birds and spreads disease.

Dar es Salaam was exhibited at the Alliance Fran├žaise in Dar es Salaam in May 2010 and at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin in April 2011.

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Dar es Salaam I, II & III, oil on canvas, 120cm x 100cm, 2009


Dar es Salaam IV & V, oil on canvas, 120cm x 100cm, 2010

DES Bird No.1 DES Bird No.2

Frangipani with Indian House Crow I & II, oil and charcoal on paper, 35cm x 50cm, 2009

DES Frangipani

Frangipani, oil and ground charcoal on 16 sheets of paper, 350cm x 232cm, 2009