African Digital Art

On defining African Contemporary Art: Emeka Okereke

On African Contemporary Art: Emeka Okereke #africanart

“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
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Shades of Swagger #41 | Poised and Posed. Portrait of Eduardo Osorio, Editor, Loanda. 

Shades of Swagger #41 | Poised and Posed. Portrait of Eduardo Osorio, Editor, Loanda. 

Vintage Inspiration from Philip Kwame Apagya

Some inspiration from Philip Kwame Apagya a renowned Ghanaian photographer famous for his elaborate studio portraits set against colorful painted backdrops.

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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 -
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Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), Black Figure, 1948. Lithograph on wove paper.
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Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), Black Figure, 1948. Lithograph on wove paper.

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Xhosa Names & Meanings: The “ABC’s of Xhosa Names” by Thandiwe Tshabalala.

South African Illustrator and incredibly talented young creative Thandiwe Tshabalala recently sent me these awesome gifs highlighting and celebrating beautiful names in her mother tongue of Xhosa.

Here’s what she had to say about her series:

"Way back, when apartheid was taking place in South Africa, parents used to give their kids English names so that white people wouldn’t have to struggle pronouncing African names. Most people born during the times of apartheid were given names like: Knowledge, Margaret, Mavis (which has negative connotations), Innocentia, Innocent, Jeffrey, Gloria…eek..Let me just stop there. However, when black folks got their ‘freedom’ back, they went back to naming their children African/South African names."

All Africa, All the time.

(Source: dynamicafrica)

Bond, the Vintage Ghanaian way. Vintage Ghanaian film poster. 1977.The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Ghanaian poster.

Bond, the Vintage Ghanaian way. Vintage Ghanaian film poster. 1977.
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Ghanaian poster.

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Bond, the Vintage Ghanaian way. Vintage Ghanaian film poster. 1977.The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Ghanaian poster.

Bond, the Vintage Ghanaian way. Vintage Ghanaian film poster. 1977.
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Ghanaian poster.

(Source: foreignmovieposters)

Un Homme Sans l’Occident

Un Homme Sans l’Occident - Visual inspiration from the Sahara

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.

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Trailer: Un Homme sans l'Occident de…

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