We Are Here
Is statement of truth. In fact we have always been here. The WE is Black and people of colour.
Afri-Co-Lab is excited to present 4 artists and creatives at this years Coastal Currents as an acknowledgement of the racial diversity in our creative community- here in St Leonards-On-Sea
Sat & Sun 4/5 & 11/12
Land and Sea, a representation of feeling grounded in a constant changing world.
“I first put paint to canvas in April 2018, and the world has spun several hundreds of times since.” - Khadija Khan.
Khadija Started painting to deal with the unexpected death of her husband, Bradford Gross in 2017 and found that painting was a creative outlet that helped her cope with the feelings of grief and loss.
Khadija has no previous background in fine art, her practice is always instinctive, working through the emotional landscape she finds herself in moment to moment. Khadija began sharing her work with others through Facebook and Instagram, quickly building a reputation for her colourful abstract landscapes
Morokoth Fournier Des Corats
The Gold Rush
Morokoth is an artist and illustrator. Her work is deeply influenced by nature, memory, and stories. She’s currently exploring her Cambodian heritage through food, illustration and graphic narratives. In her piece, The Gold Rush, a concertina stream of consciousness transports the artist from her cozy vegetable patch to the vast temples of Angkor.
Tatenda is a Zimbabwe-born visual artist and illustrator, working from his culture, heritage, and experiences to expose the deeper connections that we all have. Dear Father looks at his relationship with his father and other black fathers in his life, through this work he hopes to break the stereotype of absent black fathers.
"Playing The Race Card" Project
Playing the Race Card’ was a call out to UK artists who identify as black to submit artworks responding to perceptions or experiences relating to the concept of the race card.
We asked artists to consider how this problematic metaphor can be turned on its head, and explore ideas that replace a culture of victim blaming with a celebration of diversity, towards rendering this phrase extinct.
All entries displayed are part of the digital exhibition on the website.
Look out for upcoming local physical exhibitions and workshops over the coming year.