Right from the start, art has always been a big part of the SUPAFRIK pop-up experience and this summer is no exception. We have carefully selected a group of artists who we feel encapsulate a forward-looking and very modern interpretation of African inspiration. There are two names you might already be familiar with from February’s installation at Afrotropolis Wanderland and another two that you should know about. We are very excited to be showing their work for the next two weeks at 627 Queen St. W and we hope to see you at the gallery soon. Continue reading
We took a short hiatus from the blog to regroup and start sowing the seeds for the next projects but we’re back in effect, rejuvenated and excited for the months ahead.
Last February, Toronto was introduced to Afrotropolis-Wanderland; the fashion experience directed by fashion designer Chinedu Ukabam and sponsored by TD, a part of their Then and Now festival for Black History Month. Described by blogTO‘s Paul Aguire as “the one night only multi-sensory art exhibit”, the show was well received by fashion bloggers, industry elite, fashionistas and art lovers in attendance. Seated in the front row was popular fashion blogger Anita Clarke from IwantIgot, who said the show was “very cool and impeccably designed”.
Afrotropolis-Wanderland was the launch of Chinedu’s new collection of the same name and included fashion, film and art that was inspired by different periods in black history, cultural markers and iconic people of African origin. (click here to see the picture gallery from the show). This collaborative effort featured the work of visual artists Jimmy Chiale and Kalkdian Assefa, who created designs that were “remixed” to create print textiles. Continue reading
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#AfrotropolisWanderland will be an experience where the worlds of fashion, film and visual arts are merged together for “the one-night only, multi-sensory art exhibit” as described by Paul Aguirre in this weeks Fashion and Style section of blogTO.
Tickets on sale now at http://afrotropolis.eventbrite.ca
Last week we sat down with the creative mind behind the show’s concept and fashion designs, Chinedu Ukabam of Chinedesign. He provided insight into the work that went into the show and what we could expect. This week we had a roundtable discussion with some other key contributors involved in the show; visual artists Kalkidan Assefa and Jimmy Chiale , as well as video and film producer Marcos Fantu. They shared with us why they jumped on board this project, creative process behind the collaboration and the source of their inspiration. Continue reading
Still shot from Afrotropolis Wanderland
2012 is here and moving quickly! It is already the second week of January, which means Afrotropolis Wanderland is right around the corner!
Taking place on February 4, 2012 and sponsored by TD as a part of their Then and Now festival in celebration of Black History Month, Afrotropolis Wanderland will be a creative experience merging the worlds of visual arts, fashion and film to create a universe that commemorates different periods in Black history and celebrates the achievements of people of African origin. Advance tickets ($20) can be purchased at http://afrotropolis.eventbrite.ca
We tapped into the mind of Chinedu of Chinedesign, the creative director behind the Afrotropolis Wanderland project to gain a better understanding of the show and the entire experience that is Afrotropolis Wanderland.
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