Photography work of Siaka Trarore

There’s a sense of vibrancy that leaps out at you when you see Siaka Traore’s photography. With a strong interest in breakdance and capoeira, Siaka’s work captures people in some form of movement. Originally from Burkina Faso, Siaka now lives in Senegal where he visually documents the countries burgeoning creative, urban street culture.Shooting mostly on…

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Uganda: A Brilliant Genocide

The new film, “A Brilliant Genocide”, tells the story of the largely unacknowledged Acholi Genocide that President Yoweri Museveni committed against the Acholi people for 20 years from 1986 to 2006. Museveni’s troops drove nearly two million Acholis, 90% of the population, into concentration camps. In all that time, the Ugandan military machine continued to…

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Ephasini Lamabhudango: Reimagining the Ndebele Woman in Modern Day Johannesburg

A young Ndebele woman, in modern day Johannesburg, reveals her “envisioned dream world” — an enactment of her dream outside of the post-colonial construction of the Ndebele female identity. Ephasini Lamabhudango (meaning “your dream world” in Xhosa) is a short film about the celebration and reimagining of the Ndebele woman. The film centers on a…

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Meet Natty Rebel: the Visual Artist Whose Public Artwork is Making Waves Internationally

I was introduced to André Jones, also known as Natty Rebel, and his works of art sometime in late 2014. At the time, he was part of a group exhibition featuring Oakland based East African artists who had found inspiration to explore the motif of home for a project themed: “Home Away from Home”. Standing…

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Ethiopian Artist Gelila Mesfin’s Digitally Embellished Portrait Collection

Mesfin’s digitally reworked portraits are an arresting collection of subjects altered with nature inspired features, forms and patterns. Stunningly, the subjects appear swathed in rich colors and shapes, and adorned with cultural makers, tribal imprints, and multihued nature motifs—a dramatic depiction of the unification of human beings with nature in a rather regal form with…

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Njelele Celebrates Three Years of Urban Art

This month marks the three year anniversary of Njelele Art Station, an urban art laboratory in downtown Harare focused on the practice and production of contemporary, experimental, and public art. Njelele aims to give exposure to range of young creatives with exciting emergent art practices to a new hip audience. They seek to promote artists…

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