“If there is anything like contemporary African art, it is those creations that are cognisant of this element of spontaneity and improvisation, which tends to work with, and draw from it the possibility of alternative forms and aesthetics. Therefore “being African” is to blur the lines between possible and impossible rendering the very state of “being” indefinable.”
- Emeka Okereke
Some inspiration from Philip Kwame Apagya a renowned Ghanaian photographer famous for his elaborate studio portraits set against colorful painted backdrops.
philip kwame apagya’s formal portraits in front of
commissioned painted backgrounds seem to be
suspended between realism and a sort of naïvité,
they are both unreal and hyperealistic:
the dreams of african people are put on stage -
Un Homme Sans l’Occident 2002, ‘A man without the West’, is a french film directed by Raymond Depardon. Depardon is renowned for his photography and film making in the Sahara. The film depicts the life of nomads in the sahara, focusing on their relationships with each other, the sand and animals. Visually inspiring we added some shots from the film.
Meryem Meg is a 24 year old Algerian / Bulgarian creative. Meg’s inspiration stems from a love for North African geometry and organic forms of mark making merged with the Urban landscape. Meryem Meg’s work combines it all through her passion for print making, bespoke typography and a strategic use of vivid colour combinations.