Featured image – Omar Victor Diop, Thiaroye 1944. From Liberty (2016). Courtesy © Omar Victor Diop / MAGNIN-A, Paris London Gallery Autograph, presents a two part exhibition by Senegalese artist Omar Victor Diop, his first solo exhibition in the UK . Liberty, a Universal Chronology of Black Protest, reinterprets key revolutionary moments in Africa and across the diaspora. It spans four decades and features historic events such as the 1965 Alabama marches on Washington, and the 2012 murder of Trayvon Martin, which triggered the Million Hoodie March in New York and later inspired the Black Lives Matter movement. Strikingly detailed and potent in symbolism, the images primarily feature Diop as the protagonist portraying a range of figures, separated sometimes by time and often by geography, but unified by their defining struggle for human-rights. For Diop, these images redefine black history, and consequently the history of humanity, as well as the concept of freedom. Project Diaspora, the second part of the exhibition, celebrates four centuries of notable Africans in Europe, drawing parallels between their experiences and those of …
Our July Playlist is a laid back selection of contemporary music from artists such as Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, five-piece Malian outfit BKO, and Leon Vynehall, along with time-tested classics from the likes of Bobbi Humphrey and Gil Scott-Heron. Listen below.
Akari: Sculpture by Other Means, a new exhibition at New York’s Noguchi Museum, examines and celebrates Isamu Noguchi’s iconic, collapsible paper lanterns. One of the most important sculptors of the last century, Isamu Noguchi (1904–88) was born in Los Angeles, California, to a Scottish-American mother, and Japanese father, he moved to Japan shortly after, where he remained until the age of thirteen, when he returned to the US. He was interested in art and sculpture from an early age, but initially studied pre-medicine at Columbia, whilst also taking evening classes with sculptor Onorio Ruotolo. However, in 1926, after witnessing revolutionary sculptor Constantin Brancusi’s exhibition at the Brummer Gallery, he was inspired to focus entirely on his art, and in doing so, achieved the Guggenheim Fellowship allowing him to work as an assistant to Brancusi, at his Paris studio. “Great good fortune such as this has something of the divine and inevitable,” said Noguchi, of this opportunity, the pair forming a constructive and reciprocal relationship, with Noguchi, much like Brancusi, going on to work across a range of disciplines, using a multitude of …
Our first ever playlist features two hours of eclectic music from across the globe, including contemporary London jazz from Sons of Kemet, Zambian rock from Amanaz, and funk-tinged Turkish folk from Esin Afşar. Listen below.
Seoul label and boutique, amomento, have been garnering the attention of discerning womenswear enthusiasts recently, both with their contemporary and understated silhouettes, and their carefully curated selection of international brands. Their latest collection features essential summer items in nature inspired tonal cotton and linen, whilst the rugged backdrop accentuates the elegant simplicity that has become their trademark. Visit their website for more information and to purchase items from this collection. All photos courtesy of amomento.
Ventura/Foreman is a design and manufacturing studio made up of Ventura Clothing and Foreman Accessories. They focus on non-seasonal, conceptual projects, with utilitarian design, informed by the low-tech industrial sewing machinery they use to manufacture their products at their South East London studio. They also have a series of collaborative collections planned for the near future. See a selection of their products below, and for more information or to buy items from this collection go to the Ventura/Foreman website or visit London store Swim XYZ. All photos courtesy of Ventura/Foreman, Photography by Alexander Mcluckie.
2012 Documentary Antifashion, explores the fashion revolution that occurred during the global socio- economic instability of the late 80’s and early 90s.