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YUNG YEMI CAPTIVATES WITH AFRO-FUTURISM PORTRAITS

February 26, 2019
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Visual artist Yung Yemi aka Adeyemi Adegbesan is a beast.

Known for his fantastical images of Black people, he pays homage to the African diaspora and African iconography and the result is fucking brilliant. Playing with themes of afrofuturism, sci-fi and fantasy, Yung Yemi, who is based in Toronto, creates the most otherworldy portraits. I’m kind of obsessed. And what’s even better is how intersectionality plays an integral role in how he imagines his creations.

“Reflecting on Blackness through a pre-colonial, colonial, present day and future timelines, across region, religions, varying levels of income and political lines; I interrogate the dichotomy of richness of Black experiences with imposed societal homogeneity of ‘Blackness’.

Adeyemi Adegbesan

“a king is only a man”

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“african vogue”

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“bloom”

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“Imane Ayissi”

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“i cant let you in, i cant let you win”

Adeyemi Adegbesan

“inshallah”

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“mother’s day”

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“Faces”

Adeyemi Adegbesan

“let your story tell itself”

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“dying breed”

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“PMA”

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“oshun”

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“nothing real can be threatened”

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“we need more warriors soon”

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“pull us back, we just move forward”

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“pray for a black boy”

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