THE AFRICAN CHOIR
The African Choir were a group of young South African singers that toured Britain between 1891 and 1893 to raise funds for a Christian school in (the not yet formed) South Africa. The portraits were taken at the London Stereoscopic Company with a majority during the latter half of the 19th century. The series of photographs, unseen for 120 years, will be the centrepiece of an exhibition called Black Chronicles II, which is at Rivington Place, London, until 29 November 2014.
Images via theguardian.com
Xolile Mtakatya was encouraged to study art after being detained in 1986 for being an active member in the Cape Youth Congress: “I began scratching and drawing on the grey walls of the prison cell to relieve my frustration” says Mtakatya. After graduating from the Foundation School of Art with a diploma in Fine Art, Mtakatya has worked as a textile designer, fine artist and print maker and has established a successful studio in Khayelitsha. This year he was one of the artists chosen by restaurant chain Nando’s chose to be part of their Accidental Art initiative. Mtakatya work is visually vibrant, with his strong sense of line and use of bold colour, with the subject and themes of his work being “engaging African characters who are caught in typical local adventures”.
Quote and images via capegallery.co.za
Torey and Khorey McDonald for Bei Kuo Spring/Summer 2015
PRINTS AT NIGHT featuring iseeadifferentyou
Republic Bar & Grill, Accra, Ghana