Off-Kilter Magazine celebrated its One Year Birthday! Araba Ankuma who we were introduced to by the founder of Off Kilter, Felton Kizer, brought an amazing exhibit into the shop! Covering the walls with some passion, power and honesty.
This was such an amazing way to start the year! In the midst of all the negativity we are challenged by with the politics and other lingering issues, it is inspiring to see someone take a positive twist, while still being raw and honest.
Thank you again to Araba and Felton!
Here is Araba's artist statement and some photos to follow of her work and the event!
“There are those who are here for themselves. And those who are here for everyone else. I want to be the latter.”
Araba Ankuma is a documentary and editorial photographer based in Philadelphia, PA. Her work touches on themes of Invisibility and Hypervisibility within a world that so desperately lacks human empathy. By approaching social issues through her visual scope, she aims to illuminate the invisible narratives of the people who exist both underneath and on the periphery of our world’s societies.
“Chi Boys” is the culmination of research conducted throughout the summer of 2016 in Chicago, to bring to light a side of the black male that has often been neglected. What motivates the African-American man to contribute each day to a society that gives so little back? Instead it abuses and discards him. Over the course of the summer and throughout various parts of the city, she asked each participant the question. “what is your biggest fear?” in the hopes that by knowing what a man is running from, we may better understand what he is running towards.
AUDIO: (a downloadable .mp4)