Ghana’s design scene hails from 2035: @MohammedBlakk

Mohammed Osumanu, 29, is a fashion stylist, designer, and artist from Accra who describes himself as as “a guy determined to push African art and fashion beyond boundaries”. The founder of the brand Afronative, Mohammed, aka @MohammedBlakk, is also one of the four #KvngsOfTheNewSchool, a crew of self-described “art citizens” advancing “an inclusive movement of afrocentric people who wish to …

Talents: Vusie Shabba on being an emerging stylist in South Africa

Vusimuzi Terrence Shabalala, or Vusie Shabba as he prefers to be called, is a fashion stylist, events organizer, influencer, innovative, dreamer of 25. He was born in Soweto Meadowlands and has been based in Braamficher since 2007. Who is Vusie Shabba and what is your history? I grew up participating in a lot of life skills activities, I grew up …

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 – THEOPHILUS MARBOAH: “ECHOES AND AGREEMENTS”

Theo Marboah, a student of medicine at Pavia University, has a passion for contemporary African and Afrodiasporic visual culture. I had the chance to hear Theo speak in Palermo at Resignifications: The Black Mediterranean, where he introduced “Echoes and Agreements” (“Echi and Accordi” in Italian), an ongoing digital experiment that uses diptychs to bring together archival images from the Black diaspora …

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 – PETER IRUNGU: HERITAGE AND KENYAN MODERNITY

Peter Irungu is a Kenyan creative focusing on digital art. He specialises in landscape and cityscape photography, creating exciting timelapse shots of Nairobi, where he is based. I caught up with Peter via email to discuss his recent switch to fashion photography and what the future has in store for him.   Here is our exchange: *** You are primarily …

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 …

TALENTS: DIANA EJAITA

“Talents” is a space to showcase and learn about the work of emerging creatives in the fields of black fashion, photography, and fine art. *** My Name is Diana Ejaita, Berlin-Based textile designer and fine artist. All of my work is definitely influenced by both my Nigerian and European origins. I like to play with the geometrical, ancient african simbologies and organic forms which …

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 …