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OBSERVE: kolor art collective

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ZONE project: Afro-feminist photo series

The ZONE initiative was launched in 2015 by the kolor art collective in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The project is split into series called zones, each defined by a distinctive theme and style.

The latest series is a tribute to the surging blend of two emancipating forces: feminism and the afro-culture. Black women in Brazil, and in most countries, are taken hostage by both racism and misogyny, while facing a large array of issues including sexual abuse, domestic violence, police brutality, cultural stereotyping, income inequality, lack of healthcare, and education. They are heavily underrepresented politically and in the media. They have been recently taking their struggle to the streets, to social networks, and to the stage of larger, mainstream music and art festivals. The kolor art collective is taking part in this movement via visual provocation.

The sets were built and shootings took place in the collective’s studio, in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. The models, performers, actors, drags featured in the photos belong to Rio’s militant anarcho-humanist microcosm and had a great influence in the conception of characters and scenes. The other key ingredient being the photographer’s distinct use of theatrical and glam-trash aesthetics.

The kolor art collective was born in 2015 as a creative base organizing nonconforming art events and photo shootings in Brazil. Paul Kurucz is the collective’s Franco-Hungarian founder and photographer, who launched kolor in 2011 in Budapest, Hungary before moving it in Rio and transforming the concept it to include authoral, provocative photography.

In 2016 the collective has expanded the ZONE to new themes, new projects: princess consumerism, scato-Trump, albinoed world, singing silence, and more. To learn more about kolor art collective and the ZONE project, visit their site. 

Ev Petgrave
Ev Petgrave is the founder and editor of Citrine.
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