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 …

VISUALS: STEPHEN TAYO DOCUMENTS NIGERIAN STREET STYLES

Stephen Tayo is a documentary photographer whose street shots capture everyday life in Lagos. Many of such pictures reflect self-styling practices and dress cultures in urban and rural contexts. They are therefore a great source of research and learning if you are interested in Nigerian street fashion. Tayo’s work has been featured in Vogue,  It’s Nice That, and Coeval Magazine. …

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 …

FOCUS MONTH: NIGERIA

I have meant to do reports on individual African countries for some time. Referring to African fashion in the singular doesn’t capture the market’s diversity and it doesn’t take into account the different speeds at which the industry is evolving in each country. It also reproduces assumptions that the styles from the continent fall into an homogeneous category, overlooking, among …

VISUALS: MALAAN AJANG PHOTOGRAPHED BY LUCA VINCENZO

I love this editorial by South Africa-based photographer Luca Vincenzo featuring the Sudanese model Malaan Ajang. It captures the focus on black identity and the boho atmosphere of the afrosartorial aesthetic.   As a matter of fact, I seem to love all of Vincenzo’s works 🙂        

EVENTS: RESIGNIFICATIONS, THE BLACK MEDITERRANEAN

Last week I was in Palermo for Resignifications: The Black Mediterranean. The conference was the last of a string of international events organised by Tisch School of the Arts, New York, Florence: La Pietra Dialogues, NYU Institute of African American Affairs, Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African & African American Research devoted to black art, cultural theory, and practice. Past conversations have included …

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 …

VISUALS: ANTHONY BILA PORTRAITS HIS MOTHER IN SOUTH AFRICAN CLOTHING FOR HERITAGE MONTH

Anthony Bila, the photographer renowned for popularising South African street cultures across the globe, photographed his mother Ethel for Heritage Month, also known as Braai Day and Shaka Day. Mandela created it in 1996 to celebrate the diversity of cultures and beliefs of the country.     Bila portrays his mother in styles of her creation, which pay homage to …

BURBERRY SPOTLIGHTS ADWOA ABOAH’S GHANAIAN PRIDE

This May Burberry released the final part of its 2018 Pre-Fall ad campaign featuring and art directed by the British-Ghanaian model Adwoa Aboah. The portfolio is set in the model’s homelands: Juergen Teller shot the first installment in London, Aboah’s place of birth, moving then to New York where she is currently based.       This last series follows the …