TALENTS – CLINT MALIK PUTS NAIROBI ON THE BLACK FUTURIST MAP (interview)

Clinton Malik is a creative, style blogger and fashion model from Kenya with a visionary style that mixes afrofuturism and nostalgia. Since starting “Be your own creation” (BYOC) in May 2015, a brand promoting originality, creativity and self-worth through fashion, travel, art and music, he has built a solid reputation as a community-focused stylist and a big following on social …

TALENTS – AN INTERVIEW WITH DANIEL OBASI

Daniel Obasi (Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram) is a 23 year old stylist, photographer, and art director from Abia and now based in Lagos, who is being hailed as one a prolific representative of the New African Aesthetics movement. Daniel has shot and styled a number of iconic fashion campaigns and collaborated with national and international brands, most notably Vlisco on the …

TALENTS: IN CONVERSATION WITH SIZE MBIZA

“Talents” is a space to showcase and learn about the work of emerging creatives in the fields of black fashion, photography, and fine art. *** This month I have the pleasure to post a conversation with Size Mbiza. Hailing from South Africa, Siza is an all-around artist who works in photography, creative direction, and fashion. His works capture the new African cool, visually shaping urban …

SHIBA HUIZER: FASHIONING BLACK DUTCH IDENTITY AND MALE VULNERABILITY

September begins with another interview. This time I explore the visual legacy of Dutch colonialism in the Caribbean, the representation of manliness, and the Afro-diasporan aesthetic of Shiba Huizer. Shiba is a London-based intuitive photographer from Amsterdam who uses subcultural references inspired by her family history in 1960s Curaçao to create a new vision of male beauty and Dutch colonial history. After attending the Rietveld Academy …

TALENTS: A CONVERSATION WITH TOUNZI OF MANUFACTORIEL (PT. 2)

This is the second part of my email exchange – in French and English – with Tounzi, curator of Manufactoriel, for August’s episode of “Talents”. Manufactoriel is an institution of digital black visual culture, boasting about 30000 followers. The images have caught the eye of cultural institutions the likes of the MET Museum, which follows it on Twitter, and have been reblogged by prominent Afrocentric figures and platforms including …

TALENTS: A CONVERSATION WITH TOUNZI OF MANUFACTORIEL (PT. 1)

“Talents” is a space to showcase and learn about the work of emerging creatives in the fields of black fashion, photography, and fine art. *** If your interests are black visual culture and African aesthetics I am sure you are a fan of Manufactoriel, the blog. This Tumblr is my no.1 destination when I search for compelling visuals from the continent and it has …

REFASHIONING HISTORY: ON ANGELA DAVIS’ AFROIMAGES AND ALEX JOACHIM’S THE BLACK PANTHERS PROJECT 2016

In 1994 Angela Davis wrote an article for Critical Inquiry attacking the media for representing her as a style icon. The discovery that the New York Times Magazine has named her one of America’s top “trendsetters” leads Davis to explore the terms of her public role to understand how her self-image measures against the visual politics of mainstream culture at a critical time for black politics. The core of “Afro Images”, now part of the …