Arts + Culture

Vlisco's Iconic Prints In 'Hommage à L’art' [Gallery]

Iconic symbols in gold and African wax materials are the focus for african photography in dutch company Vlisco's newest campaign.

Dutch fabric company Vlisco reveals the nostalgic Hommage à l’art, a campaign that pays tribute to the iconic designs that have been trademarked by Vlisco throughout the years. From vibrant colors to detailed designs on traditional wax material, the prints are familiar to many in Central and West African regions. Koen Hauser and Maarten Spuryt, the photographer and stylist for the shoot, aimed to step away from typical 'African fashion' photography. Maarten’s goal for the campaign was to “turn drawings into icons by recreating them as gold statues.” Wax prints and gold have never looked this good.

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Film

African Metropolis: Short Films For Six African Cities

'African Metropolis' is a series showcasing six cities and African filmmakers. The film series is part of the Toronto International Film Festival

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Events

DC: Afrisonore Presents 'MAPS13' [8/31]

African music and more are getting spun in heavy rotation this Saturday, apart of Labor Day weekend festivities at Maps13.

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Arts + Culture

Dougla: Cultural Expression Through Pattern [Gallery]

Graphic designer from Trinidad makes waves using bright palettes inspired by Caribbean culture and African art

Graphic designer Cherry Ann Davis blends her Trini' roots to create Dougla — a colloquial term used in Trinidad & Tobago to describe a mixed-race person of both African and East Indian descent. For Cherry, Dougla's designs tie together art and culture. The colors of Dougla were chosen specifically to unify different cultures of the Caribbean; Davis wanted her project to focus on the practices that make 'Afro-Caribbean' culture significant. The palettes are sure to bring togetherness in a symmetrical fashion. The artists explained it best herself:

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Namibia's Car Cemetery [Gallery]

Besides raising money for under privileged children in South Africa, crew-members of the Put Foot Rally this year stumbled upon a car cemetery, featured classic faros and mercedes-benz's.