THE OCEAN AFRICAN

  1. Kim Lang | The Dancer

    The son of a Luxembourgish woman and Cape Verdean man, Kim Lang was born and raised in Luxembourg until the age of 20. Growing up travelling with his mother and grandfather, a documentary filmmaker, between Namibia, South Africa, and the US, shaped his interest in culture, journalism and history. After…

  2. Delafosse Charles-Henry | Women Entrepreneurs of Ivory Coast

    Delafosse Charles-Henry is a 24 year-old documentary photographer from Côte d’Ivoire. Born to a Franco-Ivorian father and a Cameroonian mother, Charles-Henry spent most of his childhood in Ivory Coast before moving to his mother’s homeland. He decided to settle in Côte d’Ivoire where he obtained a degree in visual communication. 

  3. Tico Armand & Stevenson Jean | Modern Day Adam & Eve

    Creative muses Tico Armand and Stevenson Jean collaborated with Miami-based Puerto Rican photographer Joey Rosado to create a breathtaking series of images symbolising the beauty of love from the genesis of humanity.  Photographed in Miami and with Armand carrying the mantle of creative director, the muses captured the intense feeling…

  4. Marta Bevacqua | Ludivine

    Italian photographer and director Marta Bevacqua is known for creating dreamy and ephemeral works that captivate the viewer with imagery that evokes feelings of wanderlust akin to a fairytale.  Inspired by nature, classic books and the wonders of femininity, the Paris based photographer introduces us to her muse, Ludivine Aubin,…

  5. Maiya Blaney | Jasmine

    We are pleased to present you the premiere of Brooklyn based singer-songwriter Maiya Blaney’s newest music video offering entitled ‘Jasmine’. Born in Montclair, New Jersey, Blaney infuses jazz melodies with hip hop beats to create an aural expedition that is equal parts fresh and intimate, offering a new and…

  6. Ericke Tjiueza | In Wonderland

    Namibian art director and photographer Ericke Tjiueza newest series with Kevin Perestrelo entitled In Wonderland celebrates Africanism, bringing credence to the special relationship that Africa has with art of all forms; including texture, colour and light. In Wonderland sees the enchanting muse Lino Simāo adorned in a azure gown with…

  7. Mabru Rodrigues | Metamorphosis

    Brazilian photographer Mabru Rodrigues  returns to Ocean Africa with Metamorphosis – a new series of portraits that unites symbolism, feelings of perception and homage, experienced by non-binary model Fêrcar.“In this photographic series, I bring the fine art style where we play with the elements and their mixtures and, in…

  8. Douglas Condzo | Royal Bath

    Douglas Condzo is a Mozambican filmmaker, video editor, and photographer. He has worked on low budget productions, such as advertising campaigns, music videos and documentaries. The photographic series Royal Bath  is a reimagining of Queen Cleopatra having a beauty bath ritual; cleansing and beautifying her skin amidst the verdant cane…

  9. Jonaldy Edouard | Wash Day

    ‘Wash day’ is a playful retrospective conceptual shoot masterminded by Haitian born, New York based model and creative Jonaldy Edouard. Teaming up with New York photographer Samara Ashley, the duo took us back to the 80s with the laundromat setting the scene of countless hazy lazy days spent watching the

  10. Morgan Otagburuagu | Black is Gold

    Morgan Otagburuagu is a Nigerian photographer  whose works ranges between fashion, beauty, still life and  portraiture. Originally from Abia State, the photographer and burgeoning videographer creates rich imagery celebrating African women with strong emphasis on the iridescent skin tone black women possess. Black is Gold is a new series of…

  11. Shingai | Ancient Futures Short Film

    Shingai, the legendary front woman and bassist from Noisettes released her highly-anticipated debut solo EP ‘Ancient Futures’ on June 28th, igniting a new chapter for the multi-talented artist.  The four-track EP is a concoction of everything that has brought Shingai to where she is today. Ocean Africa is…

  12. Kamalio Mclean | Bold & Beautiful

    Jamaican photographer Kamalio Mclean returns to Ocean Africa with the new series Bold & Beautiful.  The enamouring series sees Kenyan-born South Sudanese muse Friday Chuol frolicking in a peach frock as the dusk sets in a forest. The layered diaphanous ruffles of the dress create an almost whimsical and ethereal…

  13. Luiz Moreira | SANTO NEGRO

    The photo series ‘SANTO NEGRO’ sees Miami-based Sāo Paolo born photographer Luiz Moreira going back to his roots; reflecting and celebrating blackness with inspiring gilded imagery remarkably portrayed by his muse, Jasmine Nichole.  “In these troubled times that we live in, where our freedom to express ourselves is in danger…

  14. Shemar Anthony | Black is Gold

    The black form has always enthralled artists and painters. The 17th century painting ‘A young archer’ by Govaert Flinck, the 18th century exoticised work of Agostina Brunias and the fantastically captured ‘Portrait of a negress’ by Marie-Gurillemine Benoist all share one thing in common - a deep fascination with the

  15. Oghalé Ogbaudu | The Green Interlude

    Nigerian-American photographer Oghalé Ogbaudu returns to Ocean Africa with a new photographic series entitled The Green Interlude: The Intersection Between Pessimism and Optimism.  The visual series reminds us of the Cherokee tale about the wolf that you feed. The eternal battle between good and evil; between the path we choose…

  16. WHIPPED by CREAM Athens | Exhibition Précis

    On a warm balmy day in early July, Cream Athens presented its second major exhibition in central London. WHIPPED was an ambitious exhibition which featured 23 artists from all over the world including artists from Costa Rica, The United States, Greece, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.  Spearheaded…

  17. Ericke Tjiueza | Sundaze

    The new series ‘Sundaze’ by Namibian photographer and director Erick Tjiueza revisits grunge and rock inspired elements of femininity, nudity, chains and crystals as a nod to the bold and daring African millennials. “My work leaps in its commitment to create representation for minority African identities, more specifically Namibian millennials,”…

  18. Matheus Leite | A VOAR

    The new short film ‘A VOAR’ (FLYING) by Brazilian filmmaker is a beautifully shot symbiotic relationship between force and fatigue in the face of racism which governs the amplitude to fly or the need to take rest. Starring Heraldo de Deus and narrated by Brazilian legendary singer-songwriter Lazzo Matumbi, the…

  19. Kamalio Mclean | The Black Sunflower

    Jamaican photographer Kamalio Mclean shares his newest series entitled The Black Sunflower with Ocean Africa.  Featuring Jamaican muse Fabe Robinson, the series emphasises the beautiful contrast of yellows against black skin. The gracious stances executed by Robinson exude the freeness and carefree nature of summer set against a concrete backdrop.…

  20. Baloji | ZOMBIES

    Congolese-Belgique musician, poet and film director BALOJI unleashes ZOMBIES - an energetic and dynamic observation on society’s obsession with mobile technology that often leaves us in a vegetative glaze as we gaze into illuminated screens. The unique and captivating artist shows us why he has been added to Cadence Films…

  21. Oliver Ponin | Shades on Black

    The intimate and sensual series ‘Shades on Black’ by Mauritian artist and creative director Oliver Ponin is a visual exploration into the expressions experienced by individuals the world over.  A collaborative project between Ponin and photography duo Natalia Justin and Kovilen Ramalingum of Naked Lay Bare Your Imagination, ‘Shades of…

  22. Grace Gülick | Occhio

    Occhio by Grace Gülick is a fresh perspective on the state of masculinity and the often hidden fragility associated with the black male body. Since the inception of the television, black men have been seen as arrogant, brutish and immature -  an object for the public to fear. “Occhio”, short…

  23. Aaron Lewis | Cosmic Romance

    The perception attached to various forms of art always seems to change over time. Most recently, we’ve heard great artists such as Picasso himself; being referred to as ‘overrated’, by a new, younger class of artists and collectors respectively. With breakthroughs in technology, craft and a return to acute prowess,…

  24. Mabru Rodrigues | GLAM

    Brazilian photographer Mabru Rodrigues returns with a glamour-inspired editorial for Ocean Africa celebrating the joy of youth and the experimental freedom that comes with the discovery of self expression.  With the use of matching accessories, comfortable, trendy t-shirts and chic 80s two-piece suits, GLAM is a colourful and cheerful series…

  25. Mohamed Lewis x Drew Botcherby | INDIVIDUALITY AND REBELLION

    Growing up in modern Africa is challenging enough. Adding religion, with all its rigorous systems of designated behaviors, practices, morals, ethics and world views can, at times, be quite exasperating especially to a whole generation engaged in a globalised online community.  Model, designer and academic, Mohamed Lewis was born in…