It’s quite an exciting and inspiring time for black art in the capital city. Over the last few months the Tate Modern has been a hub of activity due to the residency of the Soul of a Nation: Art in the age of Black Power exhibition, which charts 20 years of African American artistic expression during times of social and political unrest. And hot on its heels comes Basquiat: Boom for Real, a large scale, multi-sensory exhibition celebrating the life and legacy of Jean-Michel Basquiat, which started at the Barbican a few weeks ago.
Black art has never seen more accessible. Add to the mix Ayok’a, a new website that acts as a hub for upcoming and established black artists to share their work with the world. Founded by Alice Gbelia, the art enthusiast had a light bulb moment when she once struggled to find prints to adorn her home that reflected her heritage and love for black culture. Ayok’a (which means ‘welcome’ in the language of Alice’s native tribe in Ivory Coast) is a curated shop for cool art prints and accessories from independent artists around the world.
For further information visit ayokadeco.com