Nataal’s editorial director is guest editor for the new issue of IAM magazine, which focuses on Nigerian visual art, design and fashion

The third edition of Intense Art Magazine (IAM), which celebrates Nigeria, is out now and delivers a feast for the mind and senses.  The annual publication was originally founded in 2015 by Amsterdam-based directors Céline Seror Angèle Etoundi Essamba to further their passion for showcasing women shaping the African art world. In their words, IAM is about individuals who “in their posture, determination and individuality, are defying paradigms, shattering stereotypes and creating many of the uncovered treasures that make up this unique continent.” Each issue zooms in on one specific country and for this issue West Africa’s giant comes into view.

It was put together with a team of local and international contributors including guest editors Bukola Oyebode and Hafida Jemni di Folco plus writers Allyn Gaestel, Hauwa Mukan, Mazzi Odu, Enuma Okoro, Fareeda Alithnayn Abdulkareem and Nana Ocran. Individuals featured range from scene leaders Peju Alatise and Marcia Kure to new talents Yadichinma Ukoha-Kalu and Nkiruka Oparah through to mediators Bisi Silva and Sandra Mbanefo Obiago. Together the diversity of their brilliant work, distinct points of view and brave endeavours speak to the influence women now wield in Nigeria’s art landscape.

As guest fashion and design editor, my section of IAM features such homegrown innovators as Maki Oh, Reni Folawiyo, Grey and Lisa Folawiyo plus menswear names Kelechi Odu, Tokyo James, Orange Culture and Post Imperial. Meanwhile in the diaspora, the issue profiles William Okpo, Tsemaye Binitie, Washington Roberts, Pop Caven, Banke Kuku and Yemi Awosile.

I also helped to direct a very special project for this issue – a capsule collection designed by Bubu Ogisi of in association with Vlisco. A diary of its creation appears in the magazine alongside an exclusive fashion shoot by Nataal favourite, Lakin Ogunbanwo. The range was then debuted at concept store ALARA as part of IAM’s Nigeria launch party during ART X Lagos.

Having also hosted signings at 1:54 London and AKAA Paris, IAM magazine Nigeria is now available to order here.

Header Photography Lakin Ogunbanwo for IAM magazine

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Published on 16/11/2017