Portrait photo by by Demi Oyenekan.
Art, culture, Italy and the African diaspora
Contemporary art is a materialization of an artist’s identity and a periscope view of how they see the world. For many members of the African diaspora, art communicates their unique and complex identities. Canvas, installation, sculpture, video and more, Afro-Italiani are sharing stories and experiences in multimedia. Enter ASHIKO an independent visually-driven, collaborative and dynamic digital platform, inspired by the experiences of African creatives in the diaspora founded in 2017 by Mistura Allison.
Join founder Allison and art collector Ifeoma Nneka Emelurumonye sharing the debut of ASHIKO on Ciao Bella.
Ashiko is a home for visual culture in, of and from the margins in an effort to shine a light on African diaspora voices through contemporary art, which have long been ignored in Italian society.
Launching as a global platform on October 1, 2021, Ashiko will debut with an inaugural print sale featuring original work . Art collector Emelurumonye selected three artists to create pieces that focus on themes of displacement and identity. Additionally, Ashiko has teamed up with Nigerian concept brand Riveriswild for incredible Ashiko merch that I can’t wait to get my hands on.
In this episode
- 02:20 Introducing Ashiko’s Mistura and Ifeoma
- 12:05 Preserving black visual culture
- 14:58 Anotherland
- 28:23 Art that captivates
- 36:13 Afro-italiani
- 42:41 Ashiko.net
Eyes on Ashiko global debut October 1, 2021