“A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.”
It was this quote that editor-in-chief Sarah Diouf used as inspiration for her online magazine GHUBAR’s (meaning dust in Arabic) latest audio-visual issue entitled Spring Bloom. Diouf, who was born in Paris but raised in Ivory Coast, wanted every shoot in the magazine to have an audio-visual element as well, giving the photographs an entirely new perspective. Watch the visual issue here.
Images via ghubar-magazine.com
LUCIE DE MOYENCOURT
Paris-born South African architect/artist Lucie De Moyencourt love for art was influenced by her equally creative parents – her mother was a ballet dancer and her father an antique dealer and collector of African art. Having had no formal training, De Moyencourt paints and draws by observing her subjects very closely and aims to complete her artworks in one sitting. Looking through her online portfolio, landscapes, people and personal everyday experiences are her most common subject matter.
Images via luciedemoyencourt.com
Visually-arresting artwork by Senegalese contemporary artist Souleymane Keita. Read our blog post about him here.
Read our interview with Thabo Makhetha-Kwinana, founder and designer behind Thabo Makhetha designs here.
AFROPUNK HAIR PORTRAITS
Described by the New York Times as “the most multi-cultural festival in the US” Ethiopian artist Awol Erizku attended the AFROPUNK Festival to capture the most radical and striking hairstyles at the festival ranging from free-form curls, twists, locs, and braids: “I think [black hair] is beautiful because it can be shaped, shaved, cut whatever. That’s what I was trying to find… – people who had that kind of hair and who embraced it and were proud of it.” The New York-based artist is known for working with a wide range of mediums such as photography, sculpture and video installation, and is on a mission to pacify what he perceives as a “marked absence of people of colour throughout the canon of art history”.
Images and quote via vogue.com
Ssali Yusuf is a Ugandan painter known for his use of rich, bright colours and shapes. Yusuf started painting in 2003 by practicing with other Ugandan artists and now uses a variety of media for his work; particularly oil and acrylic paint, which he uses on canvas, backcloth and sacks. His main sources of inspiration are the daily activities of women, nature and the stories he sees and hears. His latest exhibition celebrates and pays homages to the women he was surrounded by growing up.
Images via ssali-yusuf-painter.com
MaXhosa by Laduma AW2014 Collection ‘Buyel’mbo’.
"Buyel’mbo is a Xhosa phrase often uttered by Xhosa elders when they reminisce about the nostalgic rural lifestyle at the old Xhosa homelands."
Designer: Laduma Ngxokolo
Photography: Ulrich Knoblauch
Styling: Tammy Tinker
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