Creativity Category

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Wednesday 17 December, 2014

What mermaids wish you knew: Nijla Mumin discusses fantasy and folklore in Deluge

In the spirit of magical realist films like “Eve’s Bayou,” Nijla Mumin’s “Deluge” blends coming of age drama and fantasy to explore traumatic memories. In a post BP oil spill New Orleans, 15-year old Tiana witnesses the mass drowning of her friends. After struggling with the decision not to jump in, she must decide if […]


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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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Monday 15 September, 2014

Ingrid Lafleur on Art and Pleasure

A native of Detroit and a family of artists, Ingrid Lafleur is a dedicated creative whose work is intent on bringing art to the “masses.” An art curator, hosting shows and exhibitions in cities as far-flung as Paris and Johannesburg, Lafleur wants to make visual art accessible, as ubiquitous “as music or fashion.” Her art […]


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Wednesday 10 September, 2014

Marawa on Happiness and Hula-Hooping

There are some who find their niche in the vast world of art and creating and run with it. Far. They take the prosaic, something there, we all know, heard about, or even used, and they turn it into art or performance, a spectacle that draws people in. This is what Marawa did and does. […]


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Tuesday 03 June, 2014

30 Women Creators We Love Part II #30WCR8

Yesterday we introduced you to the first 5 of 30 women creators we love. In partnership with The Nu Black and African & Afro-Diaspora Art Talks (AADAT), Live Unchained continues today with 5 more amazing artists of different genres, from different parts of the world. We hope you’ll spread the word about these talented women […]


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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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Tuesday 05 February, 2013

Delphine Fawundu on Beauty | 30 Days Unchained: Day 27

30 Days Unchained/#30Unchained | Day 27 2/5/13 | Inspiration: Delphine Fawundu-Buford Skillful and honest, Delphine Fawundu-Buford is a photographer whose work attempts to capture truth. Delphine’s documentary-style uses raw imagery to explore various themes including gender, identity and community. A well-known name in photography, Delphine has photographed artists like Nneka, Erykah Badu and Busta Rhymes. She […]


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Friday 01 February, 2013

Kesha Bruce on Facing Your Fear | 30 Days Unchained: Day 23

30 Days Unchained/#30Unchained | Day 23 2/1/13 | Inspiration: Kesha Bruce Often art and business are posited as polar opposites; the two even supposedly reside on different regions in our brain, art on the right, business on the left. But Kesha Bruce exists to prove all of us wrong. A painter and a collage artist, […]


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Tuesday 29 January, 2013

Shantell Martin Says Less is More | 30 Days Unchained: Day 20

30 Days Unchained/#30Unchained | Day 20 1/29/13 | Inspiration: Shantell Martin To say Shantell Martin is breaking boundaries, not only in visual art, but in pretty much every which way, is an understatement. Shantell is a visual artist whose border-hopping takes her around the world, from London, to Tokyo, and now Brooklyn, NYC. Her artistry […]


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Thursday 24 January, 2013

Art of a Woman: Jaimee Todd | 30 Days Unchained : Day 15

30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day 15 – 1/23/13 | Inspiration: Jaimee Todd As a self-taught painter and photographer, Jaimee Todd  has learned how to transfer the range of her emotions, into colorful art. Jaimee’s influences, which include the abstract realism of Georgia O’Keeffe and pan-African and Native American aesthetics, translate into an artform that is completely her […]