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AnAkA

anaka.work@gmail.com

IG: 4n4k4

Imagery is Infinite Artkive™

Artist Statment

Kali Uchis in Los Angeles, 120mm

 

Imagery is Infinite Artkive™ is a visual research four years in the making preserving how Spirit is ever-present in the process of creation. Pushing the limits of documentary filmmaking and photojournalism, Anaka sees through the lens with a focus on healing.

As a self-proclaimed Artkivist, Anaka is a master of finding the soft spots of creation where organic artistry is evoked by Higher Consciousness. She focuses on two specific ways Spirit is omniscient in art: first, how Spirit and ritual are an integral part of the creation process; and second, how oppressive systems affect the Spiritual creativity and resource ability of artists.

This Artkive brings diverse communities together through the common thread of creation in order to focus on the roots of  infinite knowledge we share across the world.

For more, please read About Page.


Projects/Employment

Mombasa Skaters in Kenya, 120mm

Malaika in Centurion, South Africa, !20mm

Victor Kuster, Artist in August House, Johannesburg, 120mm

OSHUN at Afropunk 2015 for VICE

Levis’ PRIDE 2019 Global Campaign - Director & Photographer

The Portland Art Museum Presents Monuments: The Earth Expedition of Sun Ra - Soundscape & Archival Video Curation - Portland, OR 2018

Roller Skaters of Mombasa - Art Direction, Film & Photo - Commissioned by Getty Images & Supported by Art Noise Nigeria - Mombasa, Kenya 2018

August House Artist Profiles - Social Media Management, Film & Photo Direction - Johannesburg, South Africa 2018

East by OSHUN Official Music Video - Film Direction, Production & Edit - Nairobi, Kenya 2018

Kidd Hunta Official Look Book - Creative Direction, Photo & Video- Johannesburg, South Africa 2018

Anaka: a Film by Mahaneela - Dance - Johannesburg, South Africa 2018

Sun Xa Experiment - Film Direction - Mini Documentary filmed in Soweto, South Africa - 2018

Afrofuturistic Gangsterism by Nazlee Saif Official Music Video - Film Direction & Edit  - Cape Town, South Africa 2018

Afropresentism Getty Images Bursary Project - Photo - Nosy Be, Madagascar 2018

Afropunk Festival Recap - Photo - Johannesburg, South Africa 2018

ALLYUUGOT by Luca Williams Official Music Video - Art Direction, Film Direction, DOP & Edit - Cape Town, South Africa 2017

OPENISM Official Look Book - Art Direction & Photo - Philadelphia, PA 2017

Poor Git Da $$ by lojii & Swarvy  Official Music Video - Art Direction, Production, Film Direction & Edit - Los Angeles, CA 2017

Refinery 29, Black Girl Magik Denim Shoot - Film Direction & Photo - Columbia, SSC 2017

Due Rent by lojii Official Music Video - Film Direction,  Art Direction & Edit - Los Angeles, CA 2017

Cosmic Perspective by Mndsgn Official Music Video - Dance - Los Angeles, CA 2016

The Wake Up Call by Nazlee Arbee Official Music Video - Art Direction, Film Direction & Edit - Cape Town, South Africa 2016

Beats by Dre - Event Photography - Los Angeles, CA 2014-2016

Universal Music Group Alessia Cara Music Video- Photography - Los Angeles, CA 2015

For Free? by Kendrick Lamar Official Music Video - Photo - Los Angeles, CA 2015

Universal Music Group - Photo Intern - New York, NY 2015

Afropunk Festival Recap for VICE & Beats by Dre - Photo - New York, NY 2015

The Pressure by Jhene Aiko Official Music Video - Photo - Los Anglees, CA 2014

Feel That by Vic Mensa Official Music Video - Photo - Los Angeles, CA 2014


Shows/Exhibitions

Knext Gallery Solo Exhibition, Photo by Chaze Matakala

Knext Gallery Cape Town Exhibition, Photo by Chaze Matakala

Art Noise Nigeria Artist Residency mural at Karen Village Artist Center as a closure to a one month long residency Nairobi, Kenya - 2018

"August House Open Studio" Group exhibition curated by Olwethu De Vos, Johannesburg, South Africa - 2018

"Returning Home" one month group exhibition curated by Black Girl Magik, Junior High, Los Angeles CA - 2018

"Ode to She" Tony Gum Art Basel Miami Exhibition, Christopher Moller Gallery, 2017

"Imagery is Infinite Artkives" Solo Exbition, Knext Art Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa 2016

"Imagery is Infinite Artkives Pop Up" Solo Exhibition, The Nest Space, Cape Town, South Africa 2016

"The FAME Project: Exhibition 3 / Silient Zine Premiere" Solo Exhibition, Contact Photo Lab, Los Angeles 2016

"The FAME Project: Exhibition 2" Solo Exhibition, the Living Gallery, New York, NY - 2015

"The FAME Project: Exhibition 1" Solo Exhibition, the J3 Collective, Los Angeles, CA - 2015


Getty Images Creative Bursary - 2018

Art Noise Nigeria Artkive Continuation Grant - 2018

Grants


Residencies/Internships

Demi Lovato for Universal Music, 2015

 

Art Noise Nigeria Artist Residency hosted by Karen Village, Nairobi Kenya 2018

August House,  Johannesburg, South Africa 2018

Universal Music Group, Photo Intern, New York, NY 2015

CALMATIC Film Director, Apprentice, Los Angeles, CA 2015-2016


Appearances/Interviews

Kilo Kish

 

"Anaka- The Healing Energies of Creative Expression" Published by Bubblegum Club South Africa

"Black Girl Magik Collective" Published by Refinery 29

"Anunaka's South African Photos Confront the Fear of Freedom" written by Chaze Matakala for OkayAfrica, 2017

" Conversations on Creativity" Artist Panel, Creative Nestlings, Cape Town South Africa 2016

"Anaka: Artist & Alien" Sukebang Magazine, 2016


Skills

Photo by Brikicho

 
 

Ethnographic research, 120mm photography, 35mm photography, digital photography, film direction, art direction, cinematography, Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Final Cut, Lightroom, Gallery & Magazine Curation, Magazine Production, event planning, Dance, Choreography, Collage, Mixed Media, Travel


University of Southern California, Class of 2016, BA in Ethnographic Research with a double minor in Photography and Film Production

University of Cape Town (One semester), Class of 2016.

Education