Dakar’s Creatives: A Photo Series that Captures the City’s Movers and Shakers

In his ongoing series Dakar Creatives, Senegalese photographer Jean Baptiste Joire takes pictures of the young creative in Dakar in places where they feel inspired. Fashion designer Selly Raby Kane is captured in front of the old Dakar train station. “I want people to get surprised when they see the pictures. I want them to ask ‘where is…

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Concept Artist Merges Maasai Warriors with Sci-fi Tech

Los-Angeles based concept artist Rodrigo Galdino has used his talents to illustrate the wonders that could emerge if a fictional tribe of Maasai warriors, detached from civilisation, stumbled across advanced alien technology. The result is a captivating conceptual series of images that combine vivid African aesthetics with otherworldly machines. The Maasai are a Nilotic ethnic group of…

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Our Hearts as Brief as Photos

At sundown one spring afternoon, in New York City’s West Village, we sat on a bench. We held hands and talked about our pasts. I asked her, “How did you end up in New York?” She told me of a night in Châlons-en-Champagne when a stranger left a thousand euros as a tip for her,…

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Ade Olufeko and the Resurrection of Cheikh Anta Diop

The artistic rebirth of Anta Diop indicates Adé Olufeko’s attempts to pull the astute figure from the grasps of academic dialogue and fringes of mainstream journalism, and place him within the consciousness of everyday people, most of who crave objective enlightenment on African discourses. Resurrection serves a purpose of generating widespread attention for ideas propagated…

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This Image of Bi Kidude

I have never seen a woman ride a drum before, like a goddess rides a tiger…I have never seen an artist / male or female / anywhere across the world / own her instrument / like it grew out of her belly / like it was welded to her thighs. — Shailja Patel. Where does…

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Renowned Senegalese Sculptor Ousmane Sow dies at 81

Senegalese sculptor Ousmane Sow died on Thursday at the age of 81, his family told AFP news agency. “With his death, he leaves behind dreams and projects that his tired self could not carry out,” his family said. Born in Dakar in 1935, Sow held his first exhibition in 1987 in the Senegalese capital –…

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