May 15, 2015


This Side of Creation is the companion blog for ODE. It covers a variety of topics including the history, the diversity, the culture, the music, the food, the art and the craft of Africa and Diaspora.



Week in Review... May 11-17



Attend... 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. 1:54 is a platform for galleries, artists, curators, art centres and museums involved in African and Africa related projects and aims to promote art by established and emerging talents amongst an international audience. 

A reference to fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent, the title of 1:54 establishes the parameters of the fair’s ethos: as a platform that strives to represent multiplicity and showcase the diversity of contemporary African art and cultural production on an international stage.

1:54 NY is held at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn May 15-17.

See.. Rog Walker, BLACK:  An Aesthetic Analysis of Tone. Check out this series of crisp, striking portraits using black and white.

Read... the Business of Fashion Issue: What Will It Take for Africa To Join the Global Fashion System? Although we increasingly see African designers on the fashion's radar, the continent has not yet established a strong position in the fashion world. Public misconception about Africa and poor infrastructure are only a couple of obstacles standing in the way of progress. Learn about companies that have already tapped into the billion dollar industry as well as op-ed essays about changing the world's mindset, focusing on sustainability, timing of market entry and the importance of digitizing African fashion/retail.


*Top Image by Lebohang Kganye - 'The last supper', 2013. Inkjet print on cotton rag paper, edition of 5. 64 x 90 cm / 25.2 x 35.43 in. Courtesy of Afronova 

* Cover Image by Gerard Quenum 'La Cour du Roi', 2013. Acrylic on canvas. 130 x 170 cm / 51.18 x 66.93 in. Courtesy of the artist and Art Twenty one 


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