“Studying” is a two part study both focusing on his new found concepts of his home Africa, which is growing into a new scene, a scene visual artist Thompson Ekong is calling “New Age Africa”. This series captures Africa’s New Age looking forward as they create a new home, re-shaping the culture which has been conformed with a lot of tradition, bad government and inability for the expression of our creativity and innovation by external factors and pressures. This first part of the study is titled “Feel At Home.” The second part of the study called “How Far Can We Reach ?” In a conversation Thompson’s having with humanity, in his own words

“I was amazed by the amount of things we’ve done in this generation globally, social media, the Apple company which gave us Steve Jobs, self-driving cars, Netflix, all these little things that shape each process in humanity’s understanding of their world and life on this planet, the distractions and aids all in one fundament. it’s all so fascinating. I was drawn to putting this down and giving it a little focus.”

Both pieces show Thompson’s mind frame, a capsule to store his moment of educating himself on both his homeland, Africa and the people of his world, humanity through his consciousness interpreted from his lens.

1. Feel At Home.

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Raw – Thompson Ekong

There’s hope and power in believing we can change things for the better in Africa. I’m one of those voices sending this message in my art. It’s a revolution happening right at the heart of every black soul living within Africa, there’s a consciousness going around influencing our views and ways. It’s a new way of thinking, a new way of creating more innovative perspectives, having more intelligent content & conversations on how we can help reshape and move our environment across all forms of individuality and expression forward. Feel At Home is broken down into three statements, the first is “Raw” which shows Africa growing in its natural element one not compromised by the pressures and influences of the external world, it’s how I stumbled on the term “New Age Africa” one situated around expressing ourselves as who we are, creating our own culture round what’s makes us African and true with the injection of the internet which has given us a channel to the global world, as well as access to more tools and information this leads to the next statement “Control”

“Control” is the revolution taking place, a revolution establishing more avenues of self-actualization and confidence in what we have to contribute both to our environment in order to improve and restructure the chaos brought upon by our uncertain past and humanity as a whole.

 

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Control – Thompson Ekong

With “Raw” and “Control”, intertwined statements showing the essence of feeling at home as New Age Africa, the last statement “Experiment” encourages us to embody both our new understanding brought about via the New Age of Africa, while being confident about our ideas and vision, allowing us to explore our world without any conformity.

 

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Experiment – Thompson Ekong

This allows us to create and innovate the narratives coming from our home, Africa more aesthetically. A freedom of making decisions on what we represent as a new age of Africa, curating our every step and advancement as a continent. Everything should reflect how much I want to inspire the kids to open up their minds and hearts to a New Age. Feel At Home is a project of this very freedom, my way to impact the culture. Each image created is a gaze towards our future. We’re looking forward with hope, with our women more empowered and our men more focused. I used women to portray this directly as they embody the entirety of our values and their image is a celebration of the glory shelved in our continent.

 

2. How Far Have We Reached ?

Humanity is an evolving species constantly growing as each generation breaks more boundaries and limitations. Our evolution is so fascinating, we’ve overcome so much regardless of the form each obstacle takes. There’s so much to learn from and we’ve taken it all in by improving on our world with sequences of ideas which help shape lives of every human. It’s something that’s never truly spoken about in conversation around African constructs and settings, especially on how this influence from the global world reflects on the African narrative as we grow with the world around us. Little things like social media and it’s influence in bringing humanity closer by sharing our minds through twitter, pictures or videos via platforms like Instagram or Snapchat. The world feels closer and we’re experiencing things as one now cause we’re all channeled under one source sharing dual experiences. These tools have put Africa in a more expressive world, showing our own views and growth through the glass frame over the internet. Advances in technology like Apple, through their innovative line of products all brought to our world by the great mind Steve Jobs who help inspire iPhones, Mac, etc, products which have helped give minds all around access to tools which explore our creativity even more. Self Driving Cars brought by Elon Musk through Tesla, or SpaceX taking on the challenge of humanity being a multi-planetary Species. Sometimes these things are beyond the reach of African minds stuck in third world states but as we grow, we’re getting access and also control of these avenues, pushing ourself to create ours, using these tools as ways of improving our own state. As a young creative in Africa, I’m consciously reacting to all these changes in my world, the need explore them using a black subject as a frame for an African conversing with all these elements, to find oneself amongst it all. Africa being a continent that’s always left behind, we’re finding our own avenues and placing ourselves more in the center of the world as our New Age grows. These tools are metaphors showing us we can take hold of humanity’s prowess, and improve in what we’re lacking. It’s a study I use to call out more minds from our new age Africa, to take hold of everything around them. This begs our curiosity to ask “How Far We’ve Reached ?” Download Link :

 

We hope to help share this capsule as an addition to both the ongoing study of improving Africa through our New Age and also to help bring motivation more to the minds of Africans, both home and in the diaspora to be interested and more functional in the general advancement of our world. It’s also equally important for the global world to be aware of our will to contribute. Thank You. Nasir, Director Of Content, Baroque Age. Sent from my iPhone.