Arts + Culture

Michael Soi's 'China Loves Africa' Paintings

Kenyan artist Michael Soi's 'China Loves Africa' series offers a satirical take on the Chinese presence in Africa.

A member of Kenya's "Second Generation" of artists, Michael Soi has been known to speak his mind on canvas, particularly on issues relevant to Nairobi. Soi's latest magnifying glass points to Sino-African relations in his China Loves Africa collection. In this series of paintings created throughout 2012-13, Soi responds to what he perceives as a "type of economic re-colonisation." Speaking to Africa News, Soi shed on the irony behind his warm-hearted title in that "China wants to be seen as a great friend to Africa," though the series is intended more as "an interrogation into the intentions of China in Africa.” Soi plans to take on Nairobi's sex industry next in an upcoming series. Until then, browse Soi's satirical take on what he refers to as "Africa's sugar daddy." For more art from Michael Soi head over here.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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