Natures Embrace

Elisabeth Sunday searches the African continent to portray those who live in tune with the natural world in its most uninhibited form We are all a part of nature’s web. Society and culture…

The Allure of Beastly Beings

The photographic journey of Phyllis Galembo captures the human fascination with disguise and the value of animal form in theatrical ritual © Phyllis Galembo. Giraffes, Jacmel, Haiti, 1998.   Whether you open a book, gaze upon a…

Khaled Hafez on the Metamorphic Nature of Animals and Iconography

In a remodelling of cultural paradigms, Khaled Hafez constructs a fictitious universe where gods, animals and advertising collide.  *Click images  to enlarge. © Khaled Hafez. Houston Runners, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.   Cairo…

The Animal Guides of Ewe Kente

Ewe kente and its zoocentric symbolic language is one of Ghana’s intangible traditions. Master weaver Bob Dennis Ahiagble is taking steps to ensure its survival.   Ewe kente – ‘Asidanuvo’ hand picked “one-sided”…

Deciphering the Traditional Symbology of Contemporary Masks

Our intertwined history with the undeniably disparate act of disguise has assured the immeasurable quality of mask design. Masking can be as lighthearted as it is significant – from the playful finishing touch…

Humble Jerry Cans Transformed into Striking Political Masks

Artist Romuald Hazoumè’s modern day reinterpretations of a traditional practice – masking – speaks volumes on cultural imperialism, black markets and death.

Leonce Raphael Agbodjélou | Demoiselles de Porto-Novo

Existing within the faded walls of a family home at the centre of one city’s complex history, these are the Demoiselles de Porto Novo. © Leonce Raphael Agbodjélou. Untitled from the series Demoiselles…

Jelili Atiku | A Performance Artists’ Efforts Towards Visual Education & Change

Jelili Atiku invites spectators to become a component of social development, an opportunity to recalibrate their reality and renew their perceptions. Atiku utilises a plethora of methods and media coupled with his acute focus to undertake…

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