"If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see."
— James Baldwin
Classic Chinese Ancient Buildings Cutaways Li Ganlang [via]
"Li Ganlang 2005 onwards started drawing, anatomical drawings to show the Chinese construction Shi Jingdian construction law, showing Chinese cultural characteristics of various buildings, covered wood constitutive temples, pavilions, towers, gates, caves, bridges, houses and so on five Shiyu Zuo building. By Yuan-Liou Publishing Company."
Cyrus Kabiru is a self-taught Kenyan artist who works in various mediums including painting and sculpture. He is best known for his Afrofuturism series, C-Stunners, an ongoing project consisting of elaborate eyeglasses that are imaginatively constructed out of found objects and recycled trash. These wearable sculptures, part fashion statement part social-political commentary, capture the sensibility and attitude of the youth generation in Nairobi. They portray the aspiration of popular culture bling and reflect the ingenuity and resourcefulness of people. The lenses are a metaphorical filter providing a fresh perspective of the world.
Read an interview with him on 10and5: http://10and5.com/2014/08/15/fnb-joburg-art-fair-cyrus-kabiru-afrofuturism/
Spider Stories: An African Animation
Here’s a project that I’m definitely going to be keeping a keen eye on! Spider Stories is an African inspired action cartoon set in a fantasy world that follows the tale of Princess Zahara who is tossed into hiding after her royal family is overthrown by another kingdom. Armed with a mystical staff, the fearless princess embarks on quest to reconnect with the spirits, reunite her homeland, and reclaim the throne.
“We have to recognize that culture used to flow through storytelling, and now it flows through media. So within the continent, we want to have images that African children can grow up with that look like them and have names like them and neighborhoods that look like theirs that they can identify with. Thirty to 40 years down the line, when they’re doctors and lawyers and presidents, the positive associations they have with the characters will be real parts of their identities.” – John Agbaje
Fonko (2014) is a musical documentary directed by Swedish filmmaker Göran Olsson, Daniel Jadama and Lars Lovén, and narrated by singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry.
It explores contemporary Africa through its urban music, and the musical revolutions that have been taking place in the genres of Kuduro, Coupé-Décalé, Ndombolo, Azonto, Afro-beat, Hiplife and South African house. It features prominent musicians such as Senegalese legend Youssou N’dour, Hugh Masekela, Nigerian-German artist Nneka, Ghanaian-Romanian artist Wanlov and Senegalese rapper Sister Fa, who discuss African music, politics and its diaspora.
The documentary has also been transformed into a TV series at MIPTV supported by German broadcaster WDR and Sweden’s SVT.
“African related music has for decades influenced what we now call modern music, without any credit given. It just so happens that today’s young generation of musicians are ready to take on the world, and claim that credit.” - Neneh Cherry
View the trailer here