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ADC Channel #4 Mama Africa

Mama Africa | How are you doing Mama | Mama Africa | Long time me no see you Mama ...There's so many things about you | Wondering where you are | They try their best to hide you Mama | But I search and I find you...In you there's so much beauty | 
In you there's so much life | In you there's so many kingdoms | To me it's out of sight... (parts of the lyrics from "Mama Africa" by Peter Tosh)


My family is very connected to Africa, my cousins have their roots in Mozambique through their father and i fell in love with Mama Africa when i first met her in South Africa 5 years ago. Africa is an amazing source of music, design, fashion and art that is unfortunately not mentioned enough...here is my personal current best of fashion, music, object design, photography and graphics from and inspired by Mama Africa (all bolded texts and titles are links)

Mammaw (www.mammaw.com)

Mammaw is a team of four designers based in London that is specialized in hand sewn collections made using Ankara styles, African patterns, Kente cloth and traditional fabrics. All pieces are produced in limited edition.

Lemlem (www.lemlem.com)

I am completely in love with the fabrics of  Lemlem, an ethiopian brand created by Liya Kebede in 2007. Lemlem, which means bloom or flourish in amharic, is all about natural cotton clothes and fabrics, 100% hand weaven according to traditional techniques. The lightness and colors of the textiles is just one of the things that make Lemlem so special. The other thing about the brand is that (as stated on their site) "5% of all sales and proceeds from special promotions support LKFs work to help African moms thrive. The LKF (Liya Kebede Foundation), and its work helps address the top health concern of women in Africa – access to life-saving maternity care. With its giving partners LKF aims to make childbirth safer by training midwives who provide care near where we source and manufacture."

Jain - Makeba

Jain, originated from Madagascar lived 3 years in the Congo as a teenager and makes pop music like nobody else at the moment. She has this song, Makeba...when i hear it, i can not sit till on my chair, i have to get up and move my dancing feet...The clip was directed by the french duo Greg et Lio, who's work reminds me a little bit of  Michel Gondry.

It's a track about the South African singer and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba and Jain states on her site: “Her voice is part of my childhood,” says Jain. “In Paris I discovered that a lot of my friends knew nothing about her. I found that sad so I wrote the song. The idea was to modernise Miriam Makeba so people my age might search her out."

Solar Jar by Consol

This is the best gift i got from Africa. Ohad brought me back wonderful wooden bracelets, beautiful wooden carved bowls and a Solar Jar from his recent trip to Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Solar Jar is my favorite. It's beautiful, so smart, simple, functional and sustainable. A perfect piece of design. Its basically a glass jar with a solar panel on the top and an integrated LED light. If it stays in the sunlight for 6-8 hours, it gives up to 12 hours of light. It has an automatic day/night switch that turns the LED off if the lighting conditions are good in order to save battery and turns the light on again, once the surroundings are dark. It even has a USB charging feature as an alternative to sunlight, if solar charging is not possible. You can fill the jar with whatever you wish to create a beautiful atmosphere in the house (i recently filled my jar with chocolate money for this post). Detailed fact sheet available here.

Marinka Masseus - Under the same sun (2016)

The Dutch photographer Marinka Masséus is the IPA (International Photography Award) photographer of the Year 2016. Her work "Under the same sun" raises awareness for people who are born with albinism. Have a look at the full series of pictures on her website and i can warmly recommend this article with an interview about her work giving insights about her motivation and thoughts.

 

Lulu Kitololo Studio / Asilia

Lulu Kitololo is the creative director behind Lulu Kitololo Studio. Till 2015 Lulu was part of Asilia, a shared design studio together with her partner from Haba haba. Lulu's blog, Afri-Love is much recommended for everyone interested in african design and culture. Here are some projects from Asilia and from Lulu Kitololo Studio. 

Animal Doodles by Rohan Sharad Dahotre

Rohan is actually an illustrator from India, but he did some beautiful doodles and wild animals from Africa that i find very inspiring and fitting for this post. You can visit more of his work here.

Gallery adventures #2

Last week i went to see the exhibition Story Time - seven video installations in the Helena Rubenstein Pavillon of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. The exhibition featured works from Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Yael Bartana, Simon Fujiwara, Camille Henrot, Thalia Hoffman, Hajnal Németh, Saskia Olde Wolbers, all artists that are expanding the boundaries of storytelling.

I was really impressed and fascinated by “Inferno” the work of Yael Bartana, a israeli video artist living in Berlin and Tel Aviv.

The Petzel Gallery that showed “Inferno” last month in New York describes the work with the following words: “(…) Inferno centers on a replica of Solomon’s Temple currently being constructed by a Neo-Pentecostal Church in São Paulo, Brazil. In just 18 minutes Inferno implodes traditional concepts of place, time and belief. Bartana combines real events with a “pre-imagining” that is sure to inspire a flood of questions and spark debate around topics such as creation, ritual, memorialization and commercialization. With its rich pageantry, stylized costuming and references to epic Hollywood blockbusters, Inferno has been referred to as a “visual feast.(…)”

Definitely an artist that I will follow in the future. Look out for her work!

ADC Channel #2

You know how somehow you stumble over forgotten treasures in your house? Well, I found a small exhibition catalogue not so long ago and today I want to present the artist in this week’s edition of the ArtDesignCrafts Channel. Yael Balaban is an israeli artist born in Moscow. Her work is so incredibly rich in details and simply breathtaking.

(The pictures in this post are photos I took from the exhibition catalogue “Drawing Attack”. I am sorry for the poor quality, but hope you can still get a glimpse about yael’s artistic genius…)

ADC Channel #1

ADC Channel.ADC = ArtDesignCrafts. It’s a discovery channel for all interesting things that come my way. It’s a first impression, a glimpse, a few pictures of a art, design or craft piece without much added text but a link to a source where you can read more about the topic.

This week: Serge Salat and his immersive installation: Beyond Infinity.

full article and source here.

you should also have a look at the video

Gallery adventures #1

I am excited to share some of my art and design discoveries with you in Gallery adventures.

This week: Some pieces of Tal Amitai-Lavi's current exhibition Light Construction at the Chelouche Gallery Tel Aviv.

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The solo exhibition of Tal is really worth a visit. Her art is fascinating, acurate and laborious.

I was particularly impressed by the 3 works showing scenes of the impact caused by Hurricane Katarina. The drawings are entirely made of black sewing thread glued on clear perspex sheets.

Introducing her work, Tal Amitai-Lavi cites a passage from Italo Calvino’s Book Invisible Cities describing the city of Thekla:

"Those who arrive at Thekla can see little of the city, beyond the plank fences, the sackcloth screens, the scaffoldings, the metal armatures, the wooden catwalks hanging from ropes or supported by sawhorses, the ladders, the trestles. If you ask ‘Why is Thekla’s construction taking such a long time?’ the inhabitants continue hoisting sacks, lowering leaded strings, moving long brushes up and down, as they answer ‘So that it’s destruction cannot begin.’ And if asked whether they fear that, once the scaffoldings are removed, the city may begin to crumble and fall to pieces, they add hastily, in a whisper, “Not only the city…”