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@instagram Visual artist and photographer Adeyemi Adegbesan’s (@yung.yemi) fantastical imagery examines the intersectionality of Black identity.⁣ ⁣ “My work is a celebration of Black cultural elements from across the diaspora,” says Adeyemi, whose work is heavily inspired by the concepts of Afrofuturism and Pan-Africanism. “I try to take elements that speak to my lived experience and weave it into a coherent narrative. I try to make work that portrays Black people in a way that is powerful, resilient and autonomous.”⁣ ⁣ I want people to see the diversity within the concept of ‘Blackness’. I think a lot of times the concept of being Black gets represented as this monolithic entity. My work is comprised by many different pieces and references that I use to represent a wide array of cultures, religions and aesthetics that are part of being ‘Black’.⁣ ⁣ I think both COVID-19’s disproportionately heavy effect on Black communities and all the protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death have raised the general level of awareness of some of the barriers that the Black community faces. That’s led me to have a lot of conversations with people that weren’t previously receptive to those facts, which I’m encouraged by.⁣ ⁣ In terms of my artwork, I’m really trying to maintain my focus. These issues have always been in the forefront of my mind while I’m working, so I just want to keep that same energy moving forward.”⁣ ⁣ #ThisWeekOnInstagram⁣ ⁣ Illustration by @yung.yemi
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