Joshua Kissi // Dark Skin Tones

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Joshua Kissi is a Ghanaian-American creative entrepreneur specializing in photography and creative direction, based in New York City.  Raised in the Bronx, Kissi grew up with an affinity for the arts and picked up a camera at the age of seventeen. Despite the lack of exposure and inaccessibility to the creative industries, and from Kissi's determination that bore the fruit that is Street Etiquette in 2008.

 images via Joshua Kissi website

images via Joshua Kissi website

 images via Joshua Kissi website

images via Joshua Kissi website

 images via Joshua Kissi website

images via Joshua Kissi website

His recent comment on the “dark skin” and how in photography it is often not edited well. We can understand this notion because photographers will either over expose the skin tone or make it seem grey.

We couldnt help but think of the iseeadifferentyou gents who have done a great job at treating the dark skin as well as their subject matters.


 images via iseeadifferentyou

images via iseeadifferentyou

 images via iseeadifferentyou

images via iseeadifferentyou

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Bonobo // Live in Johannesburg

 The music God’s have heard our cries and have finally brought Bonobo to our shores.    Bonobo , is a British musician, producer and DJ based in LA He initially debuted with a trip hop aesthetic, and has since explored more upbeat approaches while experimenting with jazz and world music . His electronic sound incorporates the use of organic instrumentation, and is recreated by a full band during his live performances.  Green's work has given him a cult following. He has collaborated with various artists, and has also recorded and performed under the name Mr Blue and with Robert Luis from Tru Thoughts as Nirobi and Barakas.

The music God’s have heard our cries and have finally brought Bonobo to our shores.

Bonobo, is a British musician, producer and DJ based in LA He initially debuted with a trip hop aesthetic, and has since explored more upbeat approaches while experimenting with jazz and world music . His electronic sound incorporates the use of organic instrumentation, and is recreated by a full band during his live performances.

Green's work has given him a cult following. He has collaborated with various artists, and has also recorded and performed under the name Mr Blue and with Robert Luis from Tru Thoughts as Nirobi and Barakas.

Heaven For The Sinner ft Erykah Badu // The North Boarders Album 2013

Gug'Othandayo // A Tribute To The Air Max

This project aims to celebrate the women of Gug’ Othandayo - A theatre play that embodies the same ethos as the Nike Air Max. There are undeniable similarities between the women of Gug’Othandayo and Nike Air Max. The Nike technology that is known for reforming itself and not being bound to the restrictions of age. Gug’Othandayo is an attitude of being “young at heart” and expressive in the most honest way possible.

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Meet The Artists //

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A native of Soweto, Naledi Segale is influenced by her studies in Visual Art in high School and Architecture at the Nelson Mandela University. Her style is informed by clarity and honesty of line work against the plane, influenced by Architectural Drawing. But in the same instance she enjoys the texture layering of mixed media t create both a visual and physical experience in the two dimensional plane. As part of the traveling “Palladio and the Modern Architects Exhibition” some of her works were exhibited as as being an assistant curator of the Exhibition.

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Phumelele Kunene is a South African born photographer who studied at the Market Photo Workshop school of Photography. She worked as a Gallery Assistant and Photographer at David Krut Projects in 2015 and 2017 respectively. Exposed to the industry, she chose to find her own way and founded Still Imagery as the Head Photographer. She has been featured in various group and solo shows in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Her photography as a whole is an understanding of how light necessitates shadows and creating a balance between what people see and what they feel when engaging with her work, her art is her personal vision and interpretation of the world.

EXHIBITIONS

2016 The Back Light Exhibition

Michael Meyersfeld Studio 2016 Cūriōsitās

AGOG Gallery 2016 Joburg Fringe

Arts on Main 2018 Autumn Group Show

WorldArt Gallery 2018 Solo Show

Souk


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Ubuhle // The Documentary

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Ubuhle is a documentary film directed and produced by two young black female filmmakers, Mbali Mashaba and Pretty Mangena, that is centered around the politics of beauty. it focuses on beauty standards and the ideologies that have defined these in and around the black community and how they are often linked to history and politics of survival. It is also in the work of decolonizing beauty.  We've found it incredibly important to include women and men from all walks and spaces of life in order to present important conversations and realities defining beauty. We thought that there couldn't have been a better time to document these ideas than now, at a time in which mainstream media is flooding with generic hierarchical ideas of what beauty is and how violent these ideals are on those who consume them and in turn internalize them. Our focus has been on colorism, pretty privilege, cultural appropriation, make up, hair, the male gaze, and how these concepts have influenced beauty in the past and the present. A huge emphasis is placed on how mass media is constantly reinforcing beauty ideals and how they largely affect black women.

See the trailer below:

African Print Ride

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Join Whippet Cycles at the Thesis Lifestyle Store, Mofolo, for a celebration of colour and African textiles.

Event starts at 1pm with the ride leaving 3pm sharp.

DJ's will keep the party going with good vibes and sundowners.

@loreclaessensphotography will be shooting African print street studio portraits and @trevor_stuurman 's #stuurmanbike will be on display.

Thesis will also be shooting their new look book through out the day.

#africanprint #africantextiles #showyourcolours #socialride #bikeride #visitgauteng #jozi #soweto

#dressup #heritage #goodvibes #thesislifestyle #photoshoot #portaits #proudlysouthafrican #madeinjozi #madeinsouthafrica