A TI DE By Oye Diran

Yoruba for “we have arrived.” African photographer and creative director Oye Diran travels back in time to the 60s. Reminiscing on old family photos he cites “curated memories from his heritage as inspiration.” It reminds me of Kehinde Wiley, when I went to see his Byzantine exhibit at The Brooklyn Museum. We were there, but never represented. When you think of Africa in the 60s what fashion originally comes to mind?

Oye Diran

Nigerian born New York raised photographer and creative director Oye Diran is one to watch. His favorite subject being African women in fine art settings. The color, composition and juxtaposition allows viewers to see African women outside of conventional context. As art themselves. Photos: Oye Diran

Don’t Touch My Soul

Don’t touch my hair,
When its the feelings I wear
Don’t touch my soul
When it’s the rhythm I know
Don’t touch my crown
They say the vision I’ve found
Don’t touch what’s there
When it’s the feelings I wear

They don’t understand
What it means to me
Where we chose to go
Where we’ve been to know.
*Solange
*Photo: Oye Diran