Our newest translation–in Afrikaans!

–click here to listen to Love Letta to de Worl’ in Afrikaans–

Diana Ferrus is a South African writer, poet, and storyteller. Ferrus is best known for her “A Poem for Sarah Baartman” about a South African woman who in the 19th century was taken to Europe and paraded as a curiosity. Ferrus wrote her poem in 1998 while studying at the University of Utrecht, Holland. The popularity of this poem is widely believed to be responsible for the return of Bartmann’s remains to South Africa.

During a recent visit to Lexington, Kentucky, Ferrus became familiar with Frank X Walker’s writing and with Love Letter To the World. She translated “Love Letta to de Worl'” into Afrikaans and was recorded performing it soon after returning to South Africa.

Check out Diana’s website here.

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How all the tattoos (and words) fit together

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Jessica Winters’ “A Love Story” tattoo from the Lexington Tattoo Project. It is one of the many you will see in the video preview.

We can hardly wait for all Love Letter To the World participants to upload fun photographs of their tattoos to the website so we can begin making the LLTW video artwork! This video will be the most tangible product of our global artwork (second, perhaps, to the many tattoos around the world). The video will be created by synchronizing photographs of tattooed words and phrases with Frank X Walker’s reading of the poem–for example, as he reads “little worlds,” a tattoo of that phrase will be appear in the video. Better yet…if you watch the video a second time, a different tattoo of the same phrase will appear. In fact, the video will be different every single time you watch it because the computer program will randomly select one of the many “little worlds” tattoos to put in place and it will do this with each of the 129 phrases!

If you are having a hard time imagining how this is going to work, watch the one-minute preview of the video we created for the Lexington Tattoo Project. (Note: the full, ten-minute-long video has not been made public.) And even if you know exactly how it’s all going to fit together, give a listen: beautiful words on beautiful people, spoken by Bianca Spriggs, poet extraordinaire.