Arts + Culture

Folasade Adeoso’s Digital Collages [Gallery]

Artist Folasade Adeoso creates digital collages to highlight untold stories in photographs.

For years Nigerian/Canadian artist Folasade Adeoso has been honing her skills, not only posing in photographs as a model, but also taking a place behind-the-scenes the camera working as a digital designer. Last year we spoke with Adeoso in an extended interview on her burgeoning career as a digital artist and her hopes of having her works exhibited or published into an art book. Just last week she organized and showcased Folasade x 1953 Presents... Osun, her first solo art reception and pop-up shop in Brooklyn. In several collages of hers, bouquets of flowers strategically obscure a woman's face to highlight an otherwise untold story in another woman's admiration of her body. "I want to tell a different story than the one the photograph originally told, or create a new story within the one that’s already there," she told us last year. Employing the use of distinct graphing lines to guide the viewer towards a focal point, Adeoso uses captivating ethnographic photography as a base for each story she wishes to tell or "so that that person can tell the story." View more of Adeoso's pieces in the gallery above.


[H/T African Digital Art]

Interview

Amadou & Mariam Forever

We talk to the legendary Malian duo about their rich past, songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities.

Amadou & Mariam don't require an introduction.

The couple has been making Afro-blues music for over 35 years, drawing inspiration from their home of Mali, for over 35 years.

Their 1999 albumSou Ni Tilé sold 100,000 copies. In 2005, their album Dimanche à Bamako won the French Victoire de la Musique prize for Best World Music Album of the year and the BBC Radio 3 Award for Africa. It also went platinum in France after selling over 300,000 copies. The duo have performed with U2, Coldplay, Blur and many others.

We caught up with them below for a conversation about their rich past, their songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities, ahead of the duo's performance at the upcoming London Jazz Festival 2021.

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