Entries by Ginanne Brownell

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New York Times: A Nairobi Neighborhood Ablaze with Color, Design and Creativity

KAREN, KENYA — In this suburb of Nairobi, the ubiquitous rust-red dirt is kicked up and splattered onto the banana tree leaves by the intense rains that sweep across the hills. Here, away from the capital, there is space for designers to set up workshops and, green and lush, it offers inspiration for artisans. “When […]

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CNN Style: Artist Mary Sibande Re-Imagines the Story of South Africa’s Domestic Workers

LONDON–South African artist Mary Sibande’s avatar Sophie — a human-scale sculpture modeled on herself — was born during her final year at the University of Johannesburg fine arts degree. Sibande, whose older female relatives had been domestic workers, was assigned by one of her professors to tell a story through her artwork. “I remember talking to […]