A N A K A
I am building the Imagery is Infinite Artkive: an archive of the artists of our "time".
As an Artkivist I am an ethnographic researcher, film director and photographer documenting artists in their creative process for archival purposes. I seek to preserve how Spirit is ever-present within art.
I focus on two specific ways Spirit is evoked in art: first, how Spirit and ritual are a part of the creation process; and second, how colonization oppresses artistic freedom.
For four years, Anaka has seeked the truths of creation by researching and documenting the healing processes of artists. This mission founded her cosmic path of exploring the world to shape the “Imagery is Infinite Artkive” - an archive of photographs and short films that preserves artists fulfilling their creative purpose while existing in the face of oppression.
Graduating from The University of Southern California (with a degree in ethnographic research, analog photography & film production), Anaka was able to first bring her research abroad while attending University of Cape Town in 2016. In 2018, Anaka invested in her own research, documenting artists in Johannesburg, Nairobi Kenya, the USA and Madagascar. She has curated five exhibitions sharing her Artkive in America and South Africa in order to reflect and expand spiritual connections of identity within the African and Indigenous diaspora. Through this work, she advocates for the rights of natural healers and the freedom to create within colonial surveillance.
Anaka’s previous clients for film direction and photography includes Levi’s, Beats By Dre, Getty Images, August House Johannesburg, Artnoise Nigeria, and Universal Music. By balancing a career between the industry and on the ground research, Anaka’s work speaks on how revolutionary creation is reflected in intention to heal the world.
As forms of therapy and public art, I perform meditational movement and I collage. I am also teaching myself percussion and the art of hand poke tattooing. All of these interests mix together in order to reveal my path to Ascension.
-photograph by Justice Mukheli-
Imagery is infinite™ Artkive
All work made by Anaka & her collaborations are put under Imagery is Infinite™ Artkive in order to hold a cross diasporic space for artists
creating consciously. Anaka creates a safe space for her work to live by decolonizing herself and the spaces she is in by
documenting with this intention. Every place she lives, Anaka spends enough time to find the Spirit Family and feel their energy. By completely immersing herself
with the intention of learning and further decolonizing, Anaka documents and collaborates with the healers and artists who wish to be a part of the Artkive.