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Review | If Chairs could talk

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Nich attended the latest exhibition for artist Yinka Ilori ‘s September exhibition in London. The exhibition, “If chairs could Talk” is an artistic exploration that goes beyond the object itself. Indeed, when we think of a chair, the fact that it might be a piece of art filled with emotion does not come immediately to mind. . The artist leads us into a unique world where every chair refers to a person he met and who inspired him during his life. These chairs have personalities, names, significant symbols (shapes and personified accessories) that allow us not to look at these as common lifestyle objects but as pieces of art that tell a story, a history even and why couldn’t this be our history? Yinka Ilori brings us back to Africa through this collection. As you know, the chairs in...

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Architecture | David Adjaye’s new project in Rwanda

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The Cancer center by David Adjaye David Adjaye is currently the most respected and sought after African Architect with works that span the globe. Born to a Ghanaian Ambassador father in Tanzania, David studied in Britain and is a recipient of the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) since 2007. He has pioneered modern African architecture which he fuses into his world globally. David has built homes for Alexander Mcqueen, was selected in a competition to design the $500 million National Museum of African American History and Culture, part of the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. with design features a crown motif from Yoruba sculpture. He is also very well known in the architectural world for his international work such as the Alara concept store in Lagos, Nigeria, the Marian Goodman Gallery in London, England...

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Explore | Senegal’s Goree Island Street Art

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  No matter how attractive of an idea it is to make a living from one’s creativity it requires a great deal of courage. From one country to another the value of artistic work varies: art can be a hobby, a profession, a source of wealth, or simply considered craziness. Nonetheless it is safe to say that the value of such work strictly depends on its place in a given society. In the case of Gorée Island’s artists, they find themselves in a rather particular situation. Africa is well known as an inexhaustible source of art. Therefore when someone living in Africa decides to live from his art, it may seem a little “absurd” because everyone there is considered an artist at heart! Therefore it is reasonable to differentiate between talent and good taste. When I came across many...

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