Arts + Culture
NIC Kay performing PUSHIT! at 1-54 NY 2018. Photo by Brittany Buongiorno, courtesy of SUTTON.

1-54 NY 2018 Was An Exploration of Oppression, Women's Empowerment and Identity

A recap of the fourth edition of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in New York.

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair entered its fourth year in New York with a lively buzz that brought curious spectators—and rightfully so. Over 21 galleries from all over the continent, including Côte d'Ivoire, Tunisia, Kenya, South Africa, Morocco and Ghana, displayed strong works of art that drew on themes of oppression, women's empowerment and identity.

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Arts + Culture
"Blurred Battles, 2018." Nate Lewis. Photo courtesy of Pioneer Works.

4 Works of Art You Need To See at the New York Edition of 1-54 Contemporary African Fair

If you're in New York, you need to check out these four must-see works of art at 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair this weekend.

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the leading international art fair dedicated to promoting contemporary art from diverse African perspectives, will the return for the fourth edition in New York Fair this week.

From Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 6 at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, the fair will feature works from 21 galleries with a star-studded line up including Phoebe Boswell, Derrick Adams, Malick Sidibe, Gideon Appah, Ralph Ziman and many others. 1-54 stays consistent highlighting art from the diaspora as well as across the African continent, with artists hailing from Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Algeria, Morocco, Zimbabwe. This year's 1-54 FORUM will be held by writer and curator, Omar Berrada, who is the co-director of Dar al-Ma'mûn, a library and artist residency in Darkar.

Here are four highlights from 1-54's Special Projects you can't miss this weekend.

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Style
From Orange Culture's SS18 Collection. Photo via Orange Culture's Instagram page.

These 5 Nigerian Creatives Share How They Use Gender Fluid Styles to Express Themselves

These creatives use fashion to shake up and question the traditions and gender norms that permeate Nigeria.

In America, gender fluidity has moved through fashion into the culture at large. Designers like Eckhaus Latta and Jeremy Scott have proven that the trend is now part of our day-to-day choices. We caught up with five Nigerian creatives—a photographer, blogger, musician, fashion brand, and journalist who are standing together against the oppressive nature of Nigerian culture to learn how they're using their creativity to express gender fluidity.

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