ISSUE Nº5: RESILIENCE

COVER 1: AALIYAH

COVER 2: OLAMIDE

COVER 3: ELVIRE DUVELLE-CHARLES & NEDA TOPALOSKI

COVER 4: ASHLEY

 

EDITOR’S LETTER

           One of the most gratifying feelings an artist or anyone can attain in life is freedom. It’s the goal behind our activism. Freedom to remorselessly express ourselves; freedom to be, without being judged; freedom to proudly identify as unique and different.

Our theme for this issue is Resilience. Inspired by the current political space both locally and globally, resilience can be defined in a variety of ways. It extends beyond the notion of only bouncing back from a difficulty merely to return to the same spot. It’s the ability to weather the inevitable volatile conditions while fighting for freedom. Every success story has themes of resilience and in this edition, we ask our artists and activists how they do it; how they get back up, dust off, and get back in the ring after being knocked down and blindsided again and again.

My vision for this issue was to draw a parallelism between an artist’s most difficult moments and our current cultural scene. There is an assault on truth and reason in Trump’s America. Families are living in visceral fear, people anxiously trying to discern policy from bluster. Things that were pushed to the corners of America’s history — xenophobia, anti-semitism, racism, sexism —are once again creeping to the center. Now, more than ever, is the time to be resilient and recognize that the grass is greener on the other side. Staying on the sidelines is no longer an option, because the decisions our leaders make affect us all.

We celebrate womanhood with an exclusive portfolio of FEMEN photographed by Bettina Rheims. It’s a defining moment in our publication’s history that reflects a women’s activism and experiences and how they remain resilient through it all. Those stories of a woman’s will and determination are also reflected in the poetic manifestations of Amelie Chabannes’ artistry while her compatriot Jerome Lagarrigue explores the force and nature of collisions as they relate to rebellion. Furthermore, there is the saga of Zolo Azania, a former death row inmate and US-held political prisoner whose wrongful conviction did little to undermine his fortitude and perseverance. These are testaments to the human spirit, reminders that we own our abilities to recover from misfortune and are emboldened to come out on the other side.

My sincere gratitude goes to the contributors who continue to work with me on issue after issue as we grow. I am also grateful to you – yes, you – for being an inspiration and a believer in bold thinking and brave artistry. It is my hope that you will continue to remain resilient in your activism and courageously set forth to find freedom.

Giannie Couji Founder/Editor-in-Chief

 

FASHION

Photographs Sean Waltrous, Styling Giannie Couji

Willy Chavarria, THEY WILL KNOW OUR POWER

 

THE BIRDS

Photographs Thierry Van Biesen, Styling Laurent Dombrowicz

 

 

RESIDENT ALIEN

Photographs Søren Mørk, Styling by Giannie Couji

 

BLACK RAIN

Photographs Paul Westlake, Styling Jen Smith

Photographs Minaro Kaburag, Styling Hanae Huwajima

THE SILHOUETTE GAME

 

 

Photographs Maxim Northover, Styling Tamer Wilde

BEHAVIOR THERAPY

ACUTE -VANTAGE

Photographs Alexis Chabala, Concept & Styling Cynthia Lawrence-John

 

 

IN MY SKIN

Photographs Luis Monteiro, Styling Neil Stuart

MUSIC

CORRAGGIO, Cassandra Douglas

by Nana Blankson, Portrait Sean Waltrous, Styling Giannie Couji

BEAUTY

DO-OPOLY

Photographs Iñaki, Concept & Styling Giannie Couji

CULTURE

BODY POLITIC

By Bettina Rheims

By Bettina Rheims

 

The Queens, by Masha Calloway

Photographs Hugo Scott

FIGHTING FREE, Zolo Azania

by Sophia Dawson

 

LIFESTYLE

PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR BELLY!

Chef Andrea Oliver by Mutale Kanyanta

Photograph Jermaine Francis

Earle Sebastian by Nana Blankson

Portrait Christian Kilrain Carter Coleman

HUNGRY GHOST

ART

THE STORM, Jerome Lagarrigue by Dream Hampton

Besieged, 2017, Photograph Courtesy of the Artis

AMELIE CHABANNES, by Belinda Becker

Poésie de Rigueur

A Room of Ones Own, 2017, Photograph Courtesy of the Artist

The Geometry of Aesthetics

Remember Thine Eyes, 2014, Image Courtesy of Hales Gallery and the Artist

FRANK BOWLING, by Steven Tate

THE DIASPORA CURATORIAL MODEL

Photograph Christian Kilrain Carter Coleman

MoCADA by Mutale Kanyanta

The Highest Light from Soul Culture, 2017, Photograph Courtesy of The Artist

THE BODY IS THE MEDIUM

Renee Cox by Monique Long

 

 

 

 

MASTHEAD

Publisher and Founder Giannie Couji

Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director Giannie Couji

Design Director Louison Costes

Artistic Directors Giannie Couji and Warren Reich

Consultant at Large Irene Silvagni

Beauty Director Topolino

 

 

 

FASHION

Contributing Fashion Editors: Laurent Dombrowicz, Cynthia Lawrence-John, Jen Smith, Neil Stuart, Hanae Uwajima, Tamer Wilde

Contributing Casting Directors: Dai Araki, Barbara Blanchard, Caterina Matteucci, Julius Poole

Features

Contributing Writers: Belinda Becker, Nana Blankson, Masha Calloway, Sophia Dawson, Dream Hampton, Mutale Kanyanta, Monique Long, Gary Robinson, Clark Sabbat, Steven Tate

Contributing Illustrator: Carlos Aponte

PHOTOGRAPHY

Contributing Photographers: Christian Kilrain Carter Coleman, Alexis Chabala, Iñaki, Jermaine Francis, Minoru Kaburagi, Luis Monteiro, Søren Mørk, Maxim Northover, Bettina Rheims, Hugo Scott, Thierry Van Biesen, Sean Waltrous, Paul Westlake

Copy Editor: Warren Reich

Logo Design: Nexcreations

Special Thanks to: Isabel Costa, Louison Costes, Umindi Francis, Jamie Lopez, Chioma Nnadi, Gwénaelle Petit-Pierre, Natalie Posey, Warren Reich, Steven Tate, Sean Waltrous

 

ISSN 2471-464X

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