Creativity and Climate Literacy: The Power of Africa’s Young Creatives
Join us virtually on Thursday, November 30th in collaboration with Africa Soft Power for “Creativity and Climate Literacy: The Power of Africa’s Young Creatives”. This program brings together storyteller and curator Abubakar Sadiq Mustapha, photographer Doux Free, and curator Julia DeFabo to delve into the pivotal role that creatives play in shaping the narrative around the global climate crisis. The conversation will explore how the creative arts can serve as a powerful medium for addressing and raising awareness about environmental issues and amplify the voices of Africa’s young creatives. The conversation will be moderated by curator Favour Ritaro.
Climate Change and Your Community the Africa Soft Power Photo Essay Prize exhibition is currently on view at The Africa Center.
Favour Ritaro Favour Ritaro is a Nigerian curator whose research and curatorial work is focused on personal and cultural identities. She is interested in ideas that challenge and enhance our understanding of the past, its impacts on the present, and its influence on future generations.
Julie DeFabo is a curator and arts administrator whose research is centred on cross-cultural exchange. She is currently Arts Officer (Exhibitions and Collections) at Orleans House Gallery, Trustee at the Leach Pottery and Curatorial Lead for Africa Soft Power’s Climate Change Photo Prize. Julia has contributed to projects, publications, and exhibitions with organisations such as Art UK, the Smithsonian Institution, the Dak’Art Biennale, and the Rencontres d’Arles. She has degrees from SOAS University of London and Bard College..
Doux Free is a photographer hailing from Rwanda, where he was born and raised. His practice encompasses documentary and storytelling photography. His religion guides his personal life and his artistic output, with a goal to showcase ‘how God’s divine hand has shaped the world around us.’ Through his photography, his work in coffee artistry, and his role as a father, Doux is dedicated to spreading joy and revealing the divine beauty in every moment.
Abubakar Sadiq Mustapha is a multimedia storyteller, poet, and art curator. He believes in the power of photography and how it can be used to aid mental health. His work has appeared in the Ebedi Review, The Song Is, Ake Review, Lolwe, Panorama: The Journal of Travel, Place, and Nature, The Nigeria Review, The Shallow Tales Review, Libretto Magazine, Salamander Ink Magazine, and elsewhere. He is a fellow of the Bada Murya Fellowship and a 2023 fellow of the Imodoye Writers Residency.