Busy working on my latest series – its been awhile since I have participated in an art event. When Chinedu from ChineDesign/Supafrik asked if I would participate in the 3rd Popup Show – I jumped at the chance. What better place to show some of my recent maasai-inspired pieces?! Already, it has been mentioned on ElleCanada‘s Blog as one of 5 summer events that you need to check out!
Below is the press release for the event – Hope to see you there! g.
I know it’s been a while but I hope you still remember me (Chinedu) from Chinedesign and SUPAFRIK. This coming Saturday July 21st we will be launching the third installation of the SUPAFRIK pop-up shop and gallery at 627 Queen St W, Toronto. Officially the doors open at 8PM but if you have your eyes on any thing in particular then we recommend coming a bit earlier as it will be first come first serve. If by some odd coincedence you’ve never been to a SUPAFRIK pop-up by now or haven’t visited the blog yet, here’s a little background:
SUPAFRIK features the works of artists and designers from around the world that take inspiration from the African continent. It is curated around the theme of “Urban Contemporary Africana” and will showcase artwork and design that re-contextualize African aesthetics and traditions within a modern framework. The first SUPAFRIK took place at Hotshot Gallery in Kensington Market last summer and was a smash success. It was featured in TheGrid, NOW Magazine, TorontoLife and blogs like blogto and attracted over 1500 visitors over the two week duration who came to shop, peruse and participate. You can watch a short video of it here or just scroll to the bottom of this message and hit play on the video below. The winter installation took place at 99 Sudbury as part of Afrotropolis Wanderland and attracted about 300 people for a 3 hour pop-up!
SUPAFRIK #3 will feature Chinedesign’s Afrotropolis collection (Toronto/Nigeria) and UK based Chichia London which is ethically manufactured in Tanzania using traditional kanga textiles, exclusive home-ware and fabrics by Shine Shine (Cape Town, South Africa), Made in Africa sneakers by SAWA Shoes (Paris), graphic t’s by Malyka (Toronto) and Africa Is The Future(Paris/Rep of Congo/Togo). The gallery will also feature the work of visual artists such as Gabrielle Lasporte whose work is inspired by Maasai patterns and aboriginal “dot art”. A Different Booklist bookstore (Toronto) will supply works from established and new authors from Africa and the Diaspora as well books on African art and culture.
So come out and celebrate the power of creativity and the beauty of the continent with us this Saturday. We are lining up some heavy hitting DJs to spin some Afro-House and Afrobeats so come with your dancing shoes! Thank you for bringing our ideas to life!
CHINEDU UKABAM – Creative Director – Chinedesign/SUPAFRIK
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