The Best African Art In 2014

Okayafrica looks back at the best African art in 2014, featuring work by Wangechi Mutu, Emeka Ogboh, Omar Victor Diop and more.

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'Ruka (to braid/to knit/to weave)' Explores The African Hair Braiding Salon

Nontsikelelo Mutiti explores African hair braiding salons in her recent 'Ruka (to braid/to knit/to weave)' at Recess in SoHo.

Found in cities all over the world, the African hair braiding salon is a marker of the diaspora. Recently concluded, Ruka (to braid/to knit/to weave) existed as a space for Zimbabwean artist Nontsikelelo Mutiti to take on the role of designer, student and researcher in an African hair salon environment. We were able to catch up with Mutiti about her time at the Recess studio, her ongoing work with Ruka (to braid/to knit/to weave), and a cameo appearance in her friend Lupita Nyong'o's hair braiding feature for Vogue.

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