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 …

TALENTS – JONATHAN M. SQUARE: RUBY BAILEY, AN UNSUNG HEROINE OF BLACK FASHION

“Talents” is a space to showcase and learn about the work of emerging creatives in the fields of black fashion, photography, and fine arts. The second installment of the “Talents” series is by Jonathan M. Square, the author of the blog Fashioning the Self in Slavery and Freedom. In this virtual classroom – that is also on Instagram and Tumblr – Jonathan explores the politics of fashion among people …

TALENTS – TONY WEIR: “THE NEW STEREOTYPE”, DETROIT

Today, I launch the first post of the new “Talents” series, a space to showcase and learn about the work of emerging creatives in the fields of black fashion, photography, and the fine art. Tony ‘Redd’ Weir (Instagram: @_iamtonyredd) is the mind and eye behind the Detroit chapter of the itinerant photo and web series  “The New Stereotype”, which aims at “creating positive imagery and celebrate …

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 …