Always looking for inspiration…for me personally it means something resonating with my thirst for the undiscovered, contrasting or unusual, the something mystical or untouched.

Lately, I have been in touch with Afrofuturism, which is described as a cultural aesthetic, philosophy of science, and philosophy of history that explores the developing intersection of African/African-American culture with technology.

It combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, Afrocentrism and magic realism with non-Western cosmologies in order to critique the present-day dilemmas of black people and to interrogate and re-examine historical events.

Afrofuturism is not an artistic style but an approach to the intersections of race and technology that aims to visualize the future.

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Yet, of course, this philosophy is being reflected in the arts and one of the most famous visual artists contributing is Jean-Michel Basquiat. I have discovered (in the Danish Museum of modern art, Louisiana) couple of years ago Osborne Macharia, who touched my senses. Osborne Macharia is a self-taught photographer born and based in Nairobi, Kenya.

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The artist states: “My style of photography falls within the genre of Afrofuturism while highlighting three key principles being culture, fiction and identity. Through storytelling and social inclusion, it creates a powerful platform to convey important messages on topics such as equality, inclusion, gender abuse, ivory poaching, FGM, albinism, dwarfism, minority groups and care for the elderly.”

This young man, we are going to see more of. Galerie OSCAR is keeping an eye on him!

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About Emilie Janda

Hello! My name is Emilie Janda. I am art & design consultant working with people all over the world who are in search of adding meaningful personal touch, inspiration and beauty to their homes and lives.

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