A WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY
Local artist Athi-Patra Ruga has been commissioned by French luxury brand Louis Vuitton to design the window display of their Champs-Elysées flagship store in Paris. Ruga will become the first artist from Africa to create original artwork for the window of a store on the famous streets. Ruga, who is known for “merging art and fashion through his arresting performances”, is creating a 4m x 4m tapestry that will hang in the window of the store which will be on display sometime in August.
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BETINA DU TOIT
Betina du Toit is a portrait and fashion photographer based in Cape Town. Her interest in photography started when she won a Kodak pocket camera in a local competition back in the 80s. Du Toit is inspired by geometry, simplicity architecture and Bauhaus. A recurring theme in her photography is vulnerability as well as the element of eternal youth.
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LA VIE, L’AMOUR, LA MORT
"When drinking tea with a nomad in the desert you must drink three glasses: the first glass is for life, the second glass is for love, and the third glass is for death.”
Photographer Jonathan May travelled to the Chinguetti, Mauritania to capture the Sunni pilgrims en route to Mecca. Chinguetti was established in the 13th Century as a trans-Saharan trade route and is considered to be the 7th holiest city of Islam. Due to damaging media coverage of the area, the city is no longer as lively as it was, with many locals fleeing to bigger cities.”
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Photographed by Simon Weller, “South African Township Barbershops & Salons” documents the prominence of small barbershops and salons in South Africa, and their symbolism as places for local community members to socialize in conversation. More photography finds.
Top Left: In All (For You and I). 2013
Top Right: So that you may see me. 2013
Bottom Left: TWO. 2009
Bottom Right: Here, I Will Not Forget. 2013
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Found in the Republic of Benin and the border of south-western Nigeria, the Egungun are Yoruba ancestral forebearers who appear at funerals as masqueraders to guide the deceased to the spirit world. The tradition of the Egungun has been around since the 11th and 14th Century. The roles of the Egungun vary from “from recent deceased and historical forbears, to acting as community executioners of criminals and witches. Less important and junior performers, such as onidan (miracle workers) oloki (acrobats) and alaba (wearers of cloth) cam also entertain the onlookers with magical feats and the sumptuousness of visual display.” The costume of an Egungun is made up of several layers of cloth lappets made from “expensive and prestigious textiles, expressing the wealth and status of a family as well as the power of the ancestor”, with the more elaborate costumes reflecting social power and prestige.
The Egungun have been photographed renowned Beninese photographer Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou as part of his photographic exhibition The Egungun Project.
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