brazil-based cultural organizer gabriel hilair channels african deities in experimental, orixa-inspired editorial “canal”

October 10, 2016

Brazil-based creative and organizer Gabriel Hilair has returned with a new editorial just as striking as his last. As a member of Brazil’s militant intersectional black movement, column developer for Understood magazine, public speaker, art educator, and cultural producer, his work is primarily focused on not just starting a conversation, but making a statement as well. In “Canal,” Gabriel invokes the spirits of the Orixas, the deities of the Afro-Brazilian religion candomblé. The elements in the set and the choices of color are used to attract the energies of each god, like the use of palm leaves and green for Ogun, the orixa of iron and hunters, among others. Pushing creativity to the forefront of the intersectional Black movement is not a new idea, but approaching it from a collaborative, digital space definitely gives the tactic a renewed spirit. Enjoy the editorial below!

By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK Contributor

Photos by Gabriel Hilair, Modeling by Liuthab Felício