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Diversity Matters Beyond Borders: Uganda trip to support Albinism Crisis Outreach!

There are two things I couldn’t leave the UK without doing – getting my mum’s blessing (I love it when her eyes light up when I share another travel project with her!), and voting. Yesterday I did both – my journey to Uganda can officially begin!

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Another TravelmakerKai Experience… The Wizz Kid FX

When Fabio Tedde tempted us; myself, filmmaker Fred Kuwornu and Stefania Omorodion to an adventure into Kings Cross after the successful launch of Diversity Matters Awareness Week last Monday – there was little to suggest we’d run into this amazing talent gracing the piano well after midnight… Continue reading

Andy Ayo Akinwolere: “Having a different voice out there, telling a different kind of story…”

It’s interesting that when I was introduced to Andy Ayo Akinwolere just a couple of weeks ago at the Children of the Gap exhibition launch, my initial star-struck coyness was soon put to bay when we shared our mutual love for travelling… So without further hesitation, I invited Andy to be part of a panel discussion I’m organising and speaking at (along side renowned artists; James Barnor, Mariana Gordan and Paul Iwala – I’m humbled!) “Exploring Personal Growth From Cultural Experiences Through Travel Continue reading

James Barnor: Ever Young in a Box of His-story

On a visit to James Barnor‘s home, I was treated to a history lesson of Ghanaian and British culture dating back to the 50’s when the 86yr “Ever Young” photographer began his career and became Gold Coast’s first newspaper photographer and later on the first to introduce colour processing to newly Independent Ghana.  Continue reading

Another Travelmakerkai Experience series begins with The Pianist Without Borders!

So you know when you’ve had an idea lingering in your head for a while, and you finally come to your senses that it’s about time you did something about it? Continue reading

Hanging with Afro-Italians in NYC!

Fred Kuwornu BlaxploitalianFred Kuwornu has started a movement, perhaps without even intending to. But then again, that’s to be expected of the Italian-Ghanaian filmmaker and activist whose films 18 IUS SOLI and Inside Buffalo, examine issues of race, ethnicity, and national identity in Italy’s contemporary multi-cultural setting. Continue reading

Guylene Solon Kora Love #Art4Change

When Guylene Solon turned up at my door step a couple of days ago with more than just a suitcase, I knew this would be an opportunity to utilise her talent (of which she has many) in collaboration with #Art4ChangeHaiti. Continue reading

On the streets with Daniele Tamagni “Gentlemen of Bacongo”

On the streets with Daniele Tamagni

On the streets of Soho with award-winning photographer Daniele Tamagni…

On the streets with Daniele TamagniWhen Daniele Tamagni’s in town, I don’t need much of an excuse to catch up with the “Gentlemen of Bacongo” photographer. I’ve known Tamagni, who shot pictures for my portfolio back in the days when I used to model, for over 8 years. Yet despite the critical acclaim and fame that has come with his book documenting Sapeurs of Congo and other notable works, he remains humble as ever… And that includes meeting up with me for a catch up on his latest project whenever he’s in London, or I’m in Milan! Continue reading

The stencil on the wall: Joe Turpin talks being South African, comparison to Banksy and “Park’s Pleasure” debut

The talented Mr Turpin...

The talented Mr Turpin:  “I can’t date the first time I was taken to a gallery… In that sense I’m very fortunate for my upbringing”

With a successful exhibition already to his name, it’s easy to forget the “pop art expressionism” artist is only 19, a student and living in thousands of miles away from home; Johannesburg. In this exclusive interview Joe Turpin talks; being South African, comparison to Bansky and his debut art work “Park’s Pleasure”

 

What are some of your influences as an artist?

Growing up as a South African born-free, I was always surrounded by South African art in our home, as well as our family and friends homes. People like Norman Catherine’s figures and Steven Cohen’s screen prints have always been evident growing up and I can’t date the first time I was taken to a gallery. In that sense I’m very fortunate for my upbringing. My Mother, Gisele Wulfsohn was a photographer and seeing her work, her passion for her subject and her exhibition have always influenced me. She’s number one to me. However like many up and coming artists, it’s people like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf and street artists like Lady Pink and Rammellzee that have had huge impact on my aspirations to pursue art as a future. Continue reading

His First: Yoruba Deity Eshu (Exu) told through film

“When I met Dionisis Kostakis on my second day in Rio de Janeiro last year, there was little about him, if nothing at all, that indicated his unusual hobby…” I wrote in the blog post From Candomblé to Voudun… Eshu to Shango… These are a few of his favourite things.

Two years later, his “unusual hobby” has paid off to become a visual piece of work “O PRIMEIRO” – The First.

“O Primeiro is an attempt to show how the Yoruba Deity Eshu (Exu in Brazil) is worshipped in Candomble and Umbanda” –  Dionisis Kostakis.

Check out my first interview with the videographer here.

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