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Visual art allows anyone to confess their truth—no matter how different or inconvenient it might be for someone else.
The likes of painting, photography, and film acts as a vehicle for exploring identity, reflecting on history, and celebrating culture. Of course, this isn’t specific to a race or society, but it is helpful, at times, to recognize the makers from a particular group—especially those who are marginalized.
Through the Ello account, Black Art Matters, it features a trove of work made by contemporary black artists. Designer Mario Hounkanrin curates the profile with this in mind: “People of African descent have contributed to all aspects of our societies and cultures. It is important to get to know what they created and developed because this contribution is still often denied or diminished. Explore Black History and Black Art from Africa to the other continents.”
Top: After painting her body, Lina Iris Viktor takes her photo, prints it on canvas, and then paints on top of the image.
Lakin Ogunbanwo uses photography as his chosen medium; he is a fashion-forward thinker. Before a photograph comes together, he imagines the aesthetic qualities of the piece. This career path is much different than what he was doing five years ago; he originally studied law and diplomacy. “When I started out I shot from a very honest place,” he tells Nataal. “I just did whatever I wanted to. Now I’m more consciousness of the world at large, of being both an artist and a commercial photographer.”