The Soul of BK launch concert was a beautiful day. Thanks to everyone that made it amazing. The live performances from KING, Iman Omari, Moruf, NorvisJr, & JusMoni put everyone in a trance. Special thanks to the DJs Stas THEE Boss (of THEESatisfaction) and DJ Rimarkable™, the local DIY vendors and volunteers. Next year will be even better.
I won’t soon forget the events that took place in #ferguson…will you?
If you’ve ever admired our Shop’s window display, stopped in to pick up the perfect gift for a friend, or discovered a new favorite local vendor at one of our DIY Fests, you can thank our Shop Manager and MoCADA tastemaker Tasha Parker-Kosak. After years in academia and the curatorial field, Tasha has blessed MoCADA with her amazing eye, witty humor, and incredible wealth of art-historical knowledge. She’s also the brains behind our popular Pinterest account! Sure, maybe Tasha’s style and curation of the Shop— from wax print wine totes, caps, and clutches, to handmade jewelry and gorgeous art books— leaves our wallets a little light, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Thanks, Tasha, for making us look good!
In Conversation with Manthe Ribane, a Soweto based Performance Artist
Manthe Ribane is a performance wunderkind. She is the muse in the NOT x Chris Saunders fashion and photography collaboration shot in Johannesburg that we’ve recently been featuring, and the last interview to close out the series.
She shares a few thoughts on her inspiration for each of the images shot by Chris Saunders.
The NOT x Vernac character is a global story. How can you define a bag that can create so many jobs around the world, protect so many lives, but still be one with you, still keep your stories and your secrets? It’s just a bag, but it’s not just a bag. That’s the idea behind that performance. Also it was shot in the Noord, the place that connects you to every place you need to be in Joburg.
For the Not x Floyd Avenue, outfit that character is someone who could cover the world, like a mother. I will represent, I will fight for you. It’s crazy how an outfit can just transform you. She’s wearing a crown, but she’s still wearing a dungaree. The lips are gold, meaning she spoke gold in the city of gold. For me, the face paint is both playful and powerful. Black is very dark and powerful, aggressive. But the gold keeps it godly and mysterious.
For NOT x Dr. Pachanga character where my face is painted gold, I really felt golden. You can come from the dingiest place, but it’s about how are you going to take yourself, as trash or as golden? Nobody knows your struggle or what you’ve left behind at home, but it’s how you are going to represent yourself out to the world that matters the most.
The last shoot, the Not x Macdee giant puppet in Orange Farm was an emotional experience for me. I could see the pain in the kids eyes, waiting for hope and faith of steps further. The outfit made people laugh and excited. That feeling made me both happy and sad at the same time. I wish I had a million rand to help them all, create sport activities, art exhibitions, job creation, reading creation centers, to create a powerful journey of hope for them. I hope that the project will make people aware that life is about making a difference, and taking a dream to a beyond extraordinary expectation.
Source | anotherafrica.net
Images courtesy of Chris Saunders. All rights reserved.
Wednesday, August 27 | 6-9PM Ingersoll Community Center 177 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn
Presented in partnership with the Ingersoll Community Center
Join us at the University Settlement Ingersoll Community Center for a screening of “Vanishing Pearls” and “Deluge.” “Vanishing Pearls” tells the story of an ongoing environmental struggle between oil and gas company BP and a Black oyster fishing community in the Louisiana Gulf. “Deluge,” a film of fantasy, trauma, and coming-of-age, tells the story of a young woman who is summoned by an order of Black mermaids after her three friends drown in a sinkhole near her town in post- BP oil spill Louisiana.
Last night’s Black Acrobat X Body Waves show was phenomenal. The space was beautiful: it was a packed house, and everyone left amazed and uplifted. This picture features the artist and acrobat Kiebpoli, who performed to J.Cole’s “Be Free,” a protest song about the recent killing of Michael Brown. The lyrics “All we wanna do is break the chains off” cried out while Keibpoli was suspended in the air, linking the torture of years past to the present threats to Black life. The rope became a labyrinth where only strength and grace could navigate a system determined to confine and maim Black bodies.
Here is the set list for tomorrow’s Soul of BK Launch Concert. Bring friends and a blanket, and join us in the park for a full day of local DIY vendors, great music, and chill vibes.
a/wake in the water: Meditations on Disaster Opening Party
Thursday, August 14 7:00pm - 10:00pm MoCADA Museum (80 Hanson Pl, Brooklyn)