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Hakeem Olajuwon

Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon spelled Akeem Olajuwon, is a Nigerian-American former professional basketball player. From 1984 to 2002, he played the center position in the National Basketball Association for the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors, he led the Rockets to back-to-back NBA championships in 1994 and 1995. In 2008, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, in 2016, he was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame. Listed at 7 ft 0 in, Olajuwon is considered one of the greatest centers to play the game, he was nicknamed "The Dream" during his basketball career after he dunked so effortlessly that his college coach said it "looked like a dream."Born in Lagos, Olajuwon traveled from his home country to play for the University of Houston under head coach Guy Lewis. His college career for the Cougars included three trips to the Final Four. Olajuwon was drafted by the Houston Rockets with the first overall selection of the 1984 NBA draft, a draft that included Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, John Stockton.

He combined with the 7 ft 4 in Ralph Sampson to form a duo dubbed the "Twin Towers". The two led the Rockets to the 1986 NBA Finals. After Sampson was traded to the Warriors in 1988, Olajuwon became the Rockets' undisputed leader, he blocks three times. Despite nearly being traded during a bitter contract dispute before the 1992–93 season, he remained in Houston where in 1993–94, he became the only player in NBA history to win the NBA MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Finals MVP awards in the same season, his Rockets won back-to-back championships against the New York Knicks, Shaquille O'Neal's Orlando Magic. In 1996, Olajuwon was a member of the Olympic gold-medal-winning United States national team, was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, he ended his career as the league's all-time leader in blocks and is one of four NBA players to record a quadruple-double. Hakeem Olajuwon was born to Salim and Abike Olajuwon, working class Yoruba owners of a cement business in Lagos.

He was the third of eight children. He credits his parents with instilling virtues of hard work and discipline into him and his siblings. Olajuwon has expressed displeasure at his childhood in Nigeria being characterized as backward. "Lagos is a cosmopolitan city... There are many ethnic groups. I grew up in an environment at schools where there were all different types of people."During his youth, Olajuwon was a soccer goalkeeper, which helped give him the footwork and agility to balance his size and strength in basketball, contributed to his shot-blocking ability. Olajuwon did not play basketball until the age of 17, it has been said that a coach in Nigeria once asked him to dunk and demonstrated while standing on a chair. Olajuwon tried to stand on the chair himself; when redirected by staff not to use the chair, Hakeem could not dunk the basketball. Despite early struggles, Olajuwon said: "Basketball is something, so unique; that I pick up the game and, you know, realize that this is the life for me.

All the other sports just become obsolete." Olajuwon emigrated from Nigeria to play basketball at the University of Houston under Cougars coach Guy Lewis. Olajuwon was not recruited and was offered a visit to the university to work out for the coaching staff, based on a recommendation from a friend of Lewis who had seen Olajuwon play, he recalled that when he arrived at the airport in 1980 for the visit, no representative of the school was there to greet him. When he called the staff, they told him to take a taxi out to the university. After redshirting his freshman year in 1980–81 because he could not yet get clearance from the NCAA to play, Olajuwon played sparingly as a redshirt freshman in 1981–82, the Cougars were eliminated in the Final Four by the eventual NCAA champion, the North Carolina Tar Heels. Olajuwon averaged 8.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks, shooting 60% from the field in 18 minutes per game. Olajuwon sought advice from the coaching staff about how to increase his playing time, they advised him to work out with local Houston resident and multiple NBA MVP winner, Moses Malone.

Malone, a center on the NBA's Houston Rockets, played games every off season with several NBA players at the Fonde Recreation Center. Olajuwon joined the workouts and went head to head with Malone in several games throughout the summer. Olajuwon credited this experience with improving his game: "The way Moses helped me is by being out there playing and allowing me to go against that level of competition, he was the best center in the NBA at the time, so I was trying to improve my game against the best."Olajuwon returned from that summer a different player. He and his teammates formed what was dubbed "Phi Slama Jama", the first slam-dunking "fraternity", so named because of its above-the-rim prowess. In his sophomore and junior years he helped the Cougars advance to consecutive NCAA championship games, where they lost to North Carolina State on a last second tip-in in 1983 and a Patrick Ewing-led Georgetown team in 1984, he averaged 13.9 points, 11.4 rebounds and 5.1 blocks in 1982-1983 and 16.8 points, 13.5 rebounds and 5.6 blocks in 1983-1984.

Olajuwon won the 1983 NCAA Tournament Player of the Year award though he played for the losing team in the final game. He is, to date, the last player from a losing s

Evann Siebens

Evann Siebens is a media artist with a background in dance working in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Her current practice cross-references media. Siebens' film works have won awards, she exhibited a geodesic dome and 360 projection at the Belkin Gallery in Vancouver, screened a commissioned work on the exterior of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Her moving billboard Orange Magpies Triptych was part of Capture’s Photography Festival, she has performed live with her media at New Media Gallery and the Western Front, Vancouver. Siebens writes about dance films and techniques for applying filmmaking to dance, has been praised for her practical insights into the filming of dance and the creative interactions between dance and film technique which she credits for expanding the cinematic experience: “I’m interested in breaking the frame, in moving beyond the traditional two-dimensional space of film, in questioning the status quo; the visual transgressions of dance media, that on the surface seem so simple and pleasing, are an entry point for feminists and activists to have their say, an allowance for a complexity of politics, enabled by the moving body through time and space.”Siebens is represented by Wil Aballe Art Projects in Vancouver.

Evann Siebens studied dance at the National Ballet School of Canada and the Royal Ballet School in London, England. She danced with the Bonn Ballet in Germany. Siebens graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, she participated in residencies at the Banff Centre, Calgary, UNIT/PITT, Vancouver, ACME, London UK, with Keith Doyle and TRII Art Hub Residency in Athens, Greece. Siebens has filmed dancers such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Peter Boal, Viola Farber, Bill T. Jones, Jose Navas, Sara Rudner. Siebens' documentaries have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and on PBS, her documentary film American Aloha, with Lisette Marie Flanary, focuses on the history and rebirth of hula dancing. It was produced for the PBS POV series; the film was made on a budget of $300,000. Filmed over period of five years, it focuses on three kumu hula or hula masters teaching in California: Sissy Kaio of Hula Halau O Lilinoʻe, Mark Kealiʻi Hoʻomalu of Na Mele Hula ‘Ohana and Patrick Makuakāne of Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu.

The film breaks down stereotypes about hula, in part by focusing on male dancers as well as females. To complete the film, it was necessary to spend time with the Hawaiian hula community and win their trust; the film won a CINE Golden Eagle Award in 2003, a Silver Hugo Award at the Chicago International Television Festival, the Bronze Award in Cultural Documentary at WorldFest Houston. The film screened at the Hawai‘i International Film Festival, the Native American Film and Video Festival at the Smithsonian Institution. Siebens' 2018 short film time reversal symmetry was part of a collaboration between artists and scientists at TRIUMF: Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics, it screened at the Dance on Camera Festival in New York City, the Seyr Festival in Tehran, the Dublin Dance Festival and the Light Moves Festival of Screendance in Limerick, where it won the Light Moves Prize for Outstanding Overall Work. Siebens has exhibited at Eyebeam,Centre Georges Pompidou,Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia, Hotshoe Gallery, London, UK, G++ Media Gallery, Victoria and Wil Abelle Art Projects in Vancouver.

Siebens' performance piece Orange Magpies was commissioned by Vancouver's Burrard Arts Foundation and Vancouver Art Gallery in 2017. This work was subsequently exhibited as a large-scale projection on the facade of the Vancouver Art Gallery as part of the Facade Festival that same year. Siebens' video documented a six minute, choreographed piece performed by dancers James Gnam and Vanessa Goodman, they are featured in locations from across the Lower Mainland of Vancouver, many of them unceded traditional territories of First Nations peoples such as the Coast Salish, the Squamish, the Tsleil-Waututh and the Musqueam. Siebens' intent as a non-Indigenous artist was "to use the mediums of dance and film to explore issues of colonialism and her role in reconciliation." She has received notable awards in her career such as. Gesture, 2015, ID / Identities Istanbul 2012, her work has been supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council for the Arts, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting amongst others

Mathurin Moreau

Mathurin Moreau was a French sculptor in the academic style. Moreau was born in Dijon, first exhibited in the 1848 Salon, received a medal of honor from the Salon in 1897, he was made mayor of the 19th arrondissement of Paris, in 1912 had a street named in his honor. His father was the sculptor Jean-Baptiste-Louis-Joseph Moreau and his siblings included sculptors Hippolyte and Auguste Moreau. La Fileuse, Palais du Luxembourg Victoria Park Fountain, Ashford Kent 1862. Cologne, limestone, 1865, façade de la gare du Nord Nymphe fluviale, the Place du Theâtre-Français, Paris L'Océanie, from the Exposition Universelle, Musée d'Orsay courtyard Zenobe Gramme, Musée des Arts et Métiers courtyard, Paris Monument de Joigneaux, for which he received the medal of honor, Salon of 1897 Tomb of Zenobe Gramme, Père Lachaise Cemetery, circa 1901 Lord Strathcona Fountain, Ontario, unveiled 1 July 1909 Fountain of the Continents, Mendoza, 1910. Insecula entry Article after le Grand dictionnaire Larousse du XIXe siècle, Tomes 12 and 13, articles and supplements 1875-1890.

Media related to Mathurin Moreau at Wikimedia Commons Mathurin Moreau in American public collections, on the French Sculpture Census website