Friday, 11 April 2014

Pocket Squares and the Untold Renaissance from Ikiré Jones

Check out the Ikiré Jones SS '14 pocket squares, that juxtapose Renaissance-era European art with persons of color. The Untold Renaissance collection:

"...pays homage to 18th century textiles and tapestries while exploring the absence of persons of color in Medieval and Renaissance-era European art. Borrowing from the sampling method employed in hip hop culture, each reinvented piece tells an original narrative from the perspective of Africans who have been placed in an alien context. Through this reverse lens to the past, the present circumstances of individuals who feel displaced and alienated may also be considered."









Thursday, 10 April 2014

Candid Portraits of Sudanese Celebrities

Photographer Mike Mellia has joined Nykhor Paul and other well known Sudanese celebrities to raise awareness about the crisis in South Sudan, in the series "Our Side of The Story." In this candid series, we get a glimpse into each of their biographies, many of which are filled with violence and displacement. While their stories are inspiring, the series reminds us that there are many still living in crisis in South Sudan who may never have the opportunity to be as fortunate as they have been.

Nykhor Paul

Ger Duany

Emmanuel Jal

Athiey Jal (Emmanuel Jal's Son)

Ataui Deng

Manyang Reath

Mari Stiletto Malek

Ajak Deng

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Friday, 4 April 2014

Mayam Mahmoud's Got Flow


Egyptian hip-hop artist Mayam Mahmoud is using her music to break down social barriers and advocate for women's rights in Egypt. She rose to fame after appearing on "Arabs Got Talent" and recently won the Index Freedom of Expression award for her work on women's rights. On why she uses hip-hop to communicate her message, she says:
"Hip-hop as a genre of music is where people have an avenue to express what they feel, the problems they go through ... There is less of an emphasis on the performance itself but rather on what is actually being said."



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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

"Market Place" by David Osagie

A couple of years ago we shared Nigerian digital artist David Osagie's piece God of Africa with you, which illustrated the culture of African Gods. In his latest project "Market Place," he illustrates the setting of a rural marketplace in Nigeria.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Artfully Strapped with Michael Soi

Kenyan artist Michael Soi has collaborated with numerous brands over the years, including most recently Sandstorm Kenya. Soi now lends his art to condom wrappers in a partnership with the Center For African Family Studies, to make condoms more appealing to the youth. The project aims to promote a safe sex culture.

Check out more the promo video:



Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Featured Photographer: Guy Tillim (South Africa)

South African photographer Guy Tillim has dedicated much of his life's work to documenting social conflict and inequality in Africa and he has been photographing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the past decade. Independent arts curator Michket Krifa notes, "Guy Tillim…combines a profound sense of historic documentation of African countries ravaged by conflicts and tragedies of all kinds and a very stringent formal aesthetic devoid of all mannerism."

In 2002 he photographed child soldiers who were being drafted into one of the rebel factions, in the battle for the mineral riches of east Congo. A year earlier he photographed another group of child soldiers in Sierra Leone known as the Kamajoors, who were defending their villages against annihilation from the Revolutionary United Front (RUF). 

Tillim has received many awards for his work including the Prix SCAM (Société civile des auteurs multimédia) Roger Pic in 2002, the Higashikawa Overseas Photographer Award (Japan) in 2003, the 2004 DaimlerChrysler Arts Award for South African photography, and the 2005 Leica Oskar Barnack Award for his Jo'burg series.









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