WHY IFE NKILI?
IFE NKILI is a Black women’s arts festival celebrating the beauty of black culture, identity and heritage. “Ife Nkili” is a phrase from the Igbo tribe in Nigeria which means “come and see beauty, beauty to behold . . .”
This pioneering arts festival supported and funded by Arts Council England seeks to deconstruct the perceptions of Black women in art, photography, music, film and literature as passive by bringing 17 UK BLACK WOMEN ARTISTS to the forefront. The film features a selection of photographers, visual artists, creatives, creators and performers in one continuous, uninterrupted, seamless, beautifully “fringe” arts festival of amazing artistry, music and expression.
This film is very important as it explores identity, representation, climate change, LGBQT, family, Black Lives Matter, Yoruba spirituality, Black Muslim women, females in music etc
IFE NKILI provides a space to celebrate, showcase and honour what Black women artists do. The focus is to promote, develop and celebrate creativity in different genres
The necessity of IFE NKILI highlights the work of Black women artists cannot be overstated. IFE NKILI‘s mission is to uplift the voices of creativity of Black women reminding us all of how Black women and art that they produce are for the community, the society and the world at large.
IFE NKILI x Youtube 14th October 2021 during Black History Month. IFE NKILI x Youtube
IFE NKILI x in partnership with Twitter 21st October 2021 during Black History Month Chin We (@chinw_e) / Twitter
IFE NKILI x The Royal Photographic Society 28th October 2021(Postponed). BHM: IFE NKILI – Black women’s arts festival (rps.org)
IFE NKILI x Everyman Cinema Broadgate London on the 2nd November 2021. IFE NKILI x Everyman Cinema
IFE NKILI x The Hackney Social 30th November 2021. Get your tickets via this link – IFE NKILI x The Hackney Social
THE FOUNDER AND CURATOR
Chin We is an award -winning visual artist and artist -filmmaker. Her work explores themes and issues of social/cultural identity, culture, representation, heritage and the African diaspora through the medium of photography, film and mixed media. Chin We is a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts. Her work has been published on CNN and several other publications. She was featured on CNN as one of the leading African heroine women photographers, nominated for RPS 100 heroines by the Royal Photographic Society England and won an Honourable Mention award in the People-Portrait Category in International Photography Awards (IPA) 2018. Chin We is also a curator at CHINWE ART a platform and exciting space dedicated to positively/enthusiastically celebrate Black women creatives.