Touria El Glaoui, the founder of 1-54 contemporary African Art Fair is on a mission to showcase vital new art from African nations and the diaspora.
She shares with Ted.com beautiful, inspiring, thrilling contemporary African art that tells powerful stories of African identity and history. Arts that embrace diversity, inclusivity, race and how African Artists can participate in the progress of inclusivity.
By running a series of Artworks by Senegalese photographer Omar Victor Diop, Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj and Zimbabwean painter Kudzanai-Violet Hwami, she showed how new artworks can deal with the politics of representation and social value system through digging back to history to underline issues that are still impacting individual colour in contemporary African Nations.
“It is really through art that we can regain our sense of agency and empowerment, It is through art that we can really tell our own story,” El Glaoui told Ted.com.
Omar Victor Diop’s artworks are photography series of self-portrait, focusing on the diverse representation of Africa from 15-19th century.
Hassan Hajjaj works focused on stereotyping and clichés, challenging every religious and societal expectation of Muslim women.
Kudzanai-Violet Hwami paintings depict freedom and this is inspired by her experience with living with multitude layers of communities and cultures ranging from LGBTQI, African Nations, and Britain.
You can also watch the Talk Video below