Weekend Mashup No. 03

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Mashed up because we’re trying to focus on other things asides our trepidation about the upcoming Lagos state elections.


Somethings Start With A GIF

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And before you know it, you’re uncovering an artist who started making portraits at the age of 12 influenced by writers, turning her doodles into firmly realized pencil works. Say hello to our newest artist crush T.S Abe


In The Event That You Find Yourself Trying “To Catch A Dream”


Over the past few years, we have seen a rise in short films and likewise, fashion films. Sometimes we struggle to understand what exactly these fashion films were created to convey, other times we totally get it. To catch a dream tells a story, of a grieving widow (played by Kenyan fashion model, Ajuma) who is desperate to stop her recurring nightmares. In an effort to end them once and for all, she explores a forgotten fairy-tale remedy which leads her to unexpected discoveries. The film features the work of eight local designers including Adele Dejak.

 


Yagazie Emezi’s Healthy Roots Project

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One of our favorite persons Yagazie, curator, artist and all round awesome woman is launching a #healthyroots project this summer set up to inspire the next generation of young black girls to be empowered and confident.

Healthy Roots is a doll/storybook that combats internalized racism and colorism among young black girls by educating them about their identity and culture. The dolls come in different skin tones and facial features that accurately represent women of the African Diaspora. The doll and books teach young black girls how to care for natural hair by showing them step by step natural hair styles that they learn through practicing on the doll. Watch it’s progress on Facebook

 


How We See , Laurie Simmons

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A peculiar photograph halted the casual scrolling through Instagram, it was Ajak Deng photographed by Laurie Simmons for her new series of photographs which draws on the “Doll Girls” subculture of people who alter themselves with makeup, dress, and even cosmetic surgery to look like Barbie, baby dolls, and anime characters. The series captured Ajak Deng alongside other fashion model with focus on their preternaturally large, sparkling eyes that are painted on their closed lids. The series is being exhibited at the Jewish Museum New York till August 9th 2015.

 


Making Africa

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Shedding light on contemporary African design, Making Africa, curated by Amelie Klein and Okwui Enwezor, features a plethora of work cutting across a wide variety of media, such as the eyewear sculptures by Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru, the furniture of Cheick Diallo from Mali and the photography of Mozambican Mário Macilau and Nigerian J.D. ’Okhai Ojeikere. All of the works presented are underpinned by a quest to address questions of material culture and everyday aesthetics – in short, questions of design. The objects show that design in Africa is understood on a much more inclusive level than in Western societies – and they are proof that this understanding can produce innovative new approaches to design.

 


Fashion Africa Conference

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This is a reminder: Come Friday 24th April ’15, fashion revolution day, Africa fashion Guide would be holding a conference, An African Revolution, which will feature a panel discussing sustainability, African fashion manufacturing, responsible sourcing, Africa’s retail market and the new target consumer market, the growth of the African designer market and Africa as new luxury. Panelists include: Arieta Mujay of African Creative Collective, Kiran/Alae of Styled by Africa, Laduma Ngxokolo of Maxhosa, Nkwo Onwuka of NKWO and more.


Human Vs Concrete

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The Kenyan based photographer, Irugun, is dedicated to capturing the beautiful landscapes in the country. His Human vs Concrete Project  features some of Nairobi Kenya’s beautiful architecture.

 


The Lagos Exhibitions

2015 has seen a notable number of exhibitions, and it’s just April. Quite impressive. Here’s a list of exhibitions holding this month…ish

Today, “Lana Black Is” opens at Terra Kulture.

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Exploring Art through Tunji Lana’s creativity and mind, the exhibition themed “LanaBlack Is” is about a “style” of photography and its creator. It’s about a way of seeing the world, of seeing space, seeing the same places we see…..the LANABLACK way. Opens 7pm today, 10th April 2015 at Terra Kulture. Plot 1376, Tiamiyu Savage Street, Off Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos

Each Passing Day

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Each Passing Day is a careful selection from the hundreds of thousands of single images, extracted from different documentary projects and spot news events, which were inspired by the Nigerian space during the last decade and now. This exhibition showcases Akintunde’s photography documentation of Nigeria by bringing together photographs categorized to reflect series of unrelated events and activities of the daily lives of ordinary citizens in Nigeria. The pictures depict a truthful rendering of each passing day in the life of resilient Nigerians and show the political, social and physical landscape in which we exist.


What to say after a toast to an honorary persona…

Cheers. To Grace Jones

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Quoting Saint Heron and according to Afro Punk, a new documentary on the life and times of legendary Jamaican musician and supermodel Grace Jones has been approved by BBC (British Broadcasting Company). Titled Grace Jones: The Musical of Life, the Sophie Fiennes-directed film has been in the works for over the past seven years. According to a press releases, the documentary will be, “a cinematic journey into the private and public worlds of Grace Jones, mixing intimate personal footage with unique staged musical sequences.”

 

 


 

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