Thursday, 20 July 2017

Thursday 20th July: Worldwide Festival 2017

Highlights of this year's Worldwide Music Festival in Sete (South Of France) included Henry Wu's daytime beach set, then Sun Ra Arkestra and Sampha's night time concerts in the amphitheatre.  I was too immersed in the moment,  having too much fun to capture any of it so a second post will cover those live performances.  For now, here are my atmos snaps of the day-to-day antics from the 1st party at the Modern Art Museum to the subsequent dances in the sand.  The final frame is of Shabaka Hutchings from his slot with The Ancestors including drummer Tom Skinner (in the background).  Luckily for us, our flat was on the hill above the outdoor venue so we could hear the rehearsals streaming in live thru our windows opened out to the sea view............ not too bad, not too bad at all!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Wednesday 19th July: Africa Utopia at The Southbank Centre

Africa Utopia is a free annual festival celebrating the arts and culture from the African Diaspora at The Southbank Centre.  There is a market of independent traders with a whole range of products from Kente textiles to Shea butter cosmetics, beaded jewellry, letter-press prints, photography and books.  There was a fashion show of new emerging designers and block party of music and live performances on the embankment stage till the end of the day.  The final song to be played out was by Fela Kuti which was a perfect soundtrack for our dancing feet in Fela socks!!!!

See archive Africa Utopia posts here and here.

See Phoebe Boswell 's 'Duniake' cushion fabric in an archive post here.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Friday 14th July: "WALALA X PLAY" at NOW Gallery

If you go down to the Greenwich Peninsula today, you're in for a big surprise!  Camille Walala has turned NOW Gallery into her own version of a funfair playground.  The installation of patterned and reflective walls take you on a journey through colour with intersections conjuring up different combinations of line and shape.  The theme for her "temple of wonder" is to play.   She's inviting the audience into a 3D world of her 2D murals so they can become lost in the twists and turns of the Memphis style maze.  
For the opening night we were given allotted times to venture into the tardis to run round and out again so that everyone could have a turn.  This added to the frenzied fun of getting lost and confusion in the mirrored surfaces merging the graphics as optical illusions.  I joked that it might be like a sportive where a sweeper truck would appear to clear us up.  Sure enough the invigilators had the impossible task of peeling people out of their selfie modes and move them on.   Im looking forward to returning for the complete submersion experience and also play on the ping pong tables she's positioned outside.  How French!  How Camille!  The perfect opening for Bastille Day! 

14 Jul - 24 Sep 2017
NOW Gallery, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0SQ

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Thursday 13th July: Lakwena's "The Future's Gold" at KKOutlet

Thanks to Magda Kagwa for these photos from Lakwena's preview at KKOutlet for her new show "The Future's Gold". I CANNOT wait to get there myself to see the joyous work that connects the floor to the walls and the list of works displayed.
It's full circle with my book that is stocked in their shop and features the gallery, whilst the cover is shot infront of Lakwena's mural at FRAME around the corner!  Totally cosmic!!