African Diaspora Category

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Thursday 12 February, 2015

Pendulum: Diasporan artists explore identity, power and fantasy

Identity, power and fantasy. These are common themes emerging for many Diasporan artists with strong perspectives on their heritage, social reality and a radically better future. When Oneika Russell invited me to co-curate an alternative exhibition for her blog, Art: Jamaica,  in response to the Jamaica biennial, I wanted to acknowledge these ideas and the […]


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Thursday 04 December, 2014

The gift that is not ours to squander: Delphine Diallo reveals new icons and indomitable spirit

The drama, layers and coherence of Delphine Diallo’s photography could lead you to believe the photos were meticulously planned and laboriously edited. But that’s not the case. The real effort goes into her own personal and spiritual growth, which Diallo says shapes all of her work, ‘Most of my shoots are intuitive and they can’t […]


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Thursday 25 September, 2014

Afropolitan furniture: When Spanish antiques get an African identity and feminine touch

What does a chemist and a television journalist have to with furniture design? At Live Unchained, we love people who forge novel paths, especially when these paths are not only new because of what they create, but also when they’re untried career and artistic trajectories in the lives of the people who tread them. It […]


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Wednesday 23 October, 2013

“Mother of George” Exclusive Giveaway for Live Unchained Supporters

BIG thanks to everyone who contributed to Live Unchained’s “Terrifying, Strange & Beautiful” campaign! Your support is priceless. As a donor, you are a part of a growing community of inspiring artists, taste-makers and activists around the world who want to see more diverse artists and conversations in art and media. You also join brands […]


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Tuesday 04 June, 2013

The Heart is a Shield: The Journey of Paul Sika and Art of “Photomaking”

Like all good journey’s, Paul Sika‘s is full of beautiful people, risk, drama (but not the petty kind) and personal revelations. A multimedia artist, he captures all this complexity in bold, saturated and cinematic images. Paul calls his approach “photomaking” as it bridges photography and filmmaking. Around the world, people are praising this vibrant aesthetic […]


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Saturday 30 March, 2013

GOOD Magazine Says: Live Unchained is a Powerful Platform for Female Artists in the African Diaspora

This article originally appeared in GOOD Magazine, March 29th, 2013. Women of African descent have consistently challenged limited understandings of blackness, femininity, sexuality, and nationality. Still—too often—dominant media representations of black women across the African diaspora do not reflect the diversity of our perspectives, experiences, and even nations we come from, and languages we speak. […]


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Friday 08 February, 2013

Warsan Shire Inspires Terrifying, Strange and Beautiful Campaign | 30 Days Unchained: Day 30

30 Days Unchained/#30Unchained | Day 30 2/6/13 | Inspiration: Warsan Shire We close the 30 Days Unchained/#30unchained countdown with the talented London-based, Kenyan-raised, Somali poet, Warsan Shire. Inspired by a line from Warsan’s poem, “For Women Who Are Difficult to Love,” we need your help in putting on a truly “Terrifying, Strange and Beautiful” event… […]


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Monday 04 February, 2013

Alicia Anabel Santos on Discovering Afro-Latino Heritage | 30 Days Unchained: Day 26

30 Days Unchained/#30Unchained | Day 26 2/4/13 | Inspiration: Alicia Anabel Santos Alicia Anabel Santos wondered why Afro-latinos are hardly acknowledged latin American society and history and committed herself to understanding why. Fellow explorer of the African presence in Latin America, Renzo Devia, invited her to contribute to a documentary series, “Afro-latinos: The Untaught Story,” […]


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Sunday 03 February, 2013

Jemila Abdulai on Making a Difference | 30 Days Unchained: Day 25

30 Days Unchained/#30Unchained | Day 25 2/3/13 | Inspiration: Jemila Abdulai Young, brilliant, driven, Jemila Abdulbai is quite the well-rounded individual, with an inspiring passion to change the world. A journalist focused on African development issues and editor of her blog Circumspecte, she recognizes the influence and responsibility of the media to affect positive change. […]


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Saturday 02 February, 2013

Jepchumba Reveals The Truth About Artists | 30 Days Unchained: Day 24

30 Days Unchained/#30Unchained | Day 24 2/2/13 | Inspiration: Jepchumba When Jepchumba, a Kenyan digital artist, found a general dearth of African productions in the digital media industry, she created African Digital Art, a virtual community for African visual artists to connect and cooperate. She believed in the power of the collective and utilized modern […]