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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

Istanbul Biennial: A journey through Saltwater…

This year’s Istanbul Biennial theme “Saltwater” suggests restorative properties; cleansing, nourishing and “healing” as the curator, Christov-Bakargiev, has indicated.

And it was the latter of these properties that resonated with me when I escaped the tourist sites (which ironically, I became a sight for the locals 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

Transit in Rome… Kiss and Go!

As much as I love travelling, I hate the “travelling to get there” part i.e getting to the airport, queuing up to get checked in, sorting our liquids, finding the gate, queuing up again to board the plane… Then having to do it all over again if you’re transiting!

Transiting through Rome to get to Tokyo with Alitalia, however, was actually a blessing in disguise because it meant I got to see my good friend Francisco, who was kind enough to pick me up from the airport in Rome for my 14 hour layover.

The humour of the 15 minute FREE parking space being called “Kiss & Go” wasn’t lost on us… Only in Italy right?…

 

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

Visiting the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall was the barrier division between communist East Germany and “Democratic” West Germany from 1961 until it was pulled down in 1989 – 25 years ago.

I visited the remains of the wall during my trip to Berlin, taking in the art which also has a political message – as with most of the art/graffiti in Berlin.

The Berlin Wall is a must visit. A symbol of hope, freedom and change.

What are some of your favourite places in Berlin?

Edrin’s bedside table: Books on Africa

I spent the weekend in Berlin hanging out with Edrin Kondi – a friend I met during my trip to Ghana in 2010…

I couldn’t help notice the books about Africa he had sitting on his bedside table… This was my excuse to get an interview with my host and find out a bit more about his fascination with Africa.

I ended my last night in Berlin with this interview with Edrin and editing… Can’t complain!

What are your thoughts on the books Edrin shared?

How To Be A Nigerian – Peter Enahoro

DEAD AID – Dambisa Moyo

The State of Africa – Martin Meredith

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