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Interview: Folasade Adeoso Talks Digital Art, Destiny's Child & Tumblr

Folasade Adeoso is more than 'just a model' she's a artist taking the blogosphere by storm with her digital reappropriations of colonial and fashion photography


Fola, Mother Nature The Overseer of My Journey (The Child's Point of View) (2013)

Folasade Adeoso is something of an online sensation. Fashion blogs love her, and in the blogosphere her work as a model with New York photographers like Kwesi Abbensetts and Barron Claiborne picks up thousands of likes, reblogs and shares. But there's another side to Fola, a side that doesn't "want to smile for your Nikon." For years she's been creating digital art on her computer and using the internet as a platform to exhibit. Her most recent pieces rework photographs which tumbl across her dashboard to create compelling digital art. Using precisely drawn lines and .gif animation Fola overlays Grace Jones' eyes with flashing flowers or obscures the face of an anonymous man cradling a child with a bouquet of spring flowers. Not wanting contemporary artists' work to unduly influence her, she studiously avoids their work, yet her reappropriation of ethnographic photographs seems particularly zeitgeist and situates her within the conversations surrounding colonial imagery and the new paths of circulation it finds in our internet age. Fola came to the Okayafrica offices to talk about her digital art, tumblr and Destiny's Child. Click through for the conversation accompanied by a gallery of her work.

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Here's What You Need To Know About The Political Unrest In Sudan

Thousands have been protesting the Sudanese government over the weekend, supporting the military's plans for a coup.

Sudan's transitional government is in turmoil as thousands of citizens conducted a sit-in protest against them, over the weekend. A group of Sudanese citizens have called on the military to disestablish the nation's current government, as the country struggles with the greatest crisis they've seen since the end of former dictator Omar al-Bashir's controversial ruling, two years ago. The weekend's pro-military protests come as anti-military protestors took to the streets earlier this month to fight for civilian-ruled laws.

Military-aligned demonstrators assembled outside of the famously off-limits entrance of the Presidential Palace located in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. Gatherers set up tents, blocking off access to two main intersections, cutting off access to the capital for those inside. Police attempted to wave off crowds with teargas, with Khartoum state officials saying they had, "repelled an attempted assault on the seat of government," in a statement issued Monday.

The assembly was called for by a coalition of rebel groups and political parties that support Sudan's military, accusing the civilian political parties of mismanagement and monopolizing power under their ruling. Demonstrations began on Saturday, but Sunday's gathering saw a lower attendance. According to Reuters, by Monday afternoon, thousands, between 2,000 - 3,000, had returned to voice their concerns. 52-year-old tribal elder Tahar Fadl al-Mawla spoke at the helm of the sit-in outside of the Presidential palace saying, "The civilian government has failed. We want a government of soldiers to protect the transition." Alongside a 65-year-old Ahman Jumaa who claimed to have traveled more than 900 kilometers (570 miles) from Southern region Nyala to show his support.

Protesters are demanding the appointment of a new cabinet that is "more representative of the people who participated in the December 2019 revolution that eventually led to the ousting of former president Omar al-Bashir", Al Jazeera reported from Sudan. Protesters headed towards the Presidential Palace, where an emergency cabinet meeting was being held when they were met by police forces.

Pro-civilian political parties have plans for their own demonstration on Thursday, the anniversary of the 1964 revolution that overthrew Sudan's first military regime under Ibrahim Abboud and brought in a period of democracy that the country still struggles to uphold.


Sudanese Twitter users shared their thoughts online, with many drawing similarities between the current unrest and other political crises the nation has faced.


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