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FKA twigs has collaborated with Getty Images to empower Black storytellers

The artist and media company want to elevate the visual narrative of Black history by making content available to creators and educators of colour

FKA twigs and Getty Images have collaborated on a project that aims to empower Black storytellers.

As part of the collab, which will launch this year, the media company will donate visual content from its Hulton Archive – the world’s largest commercial archive – and Editorial Collections for non-commercial use to support education about Black history for creators and educators of colour, as well as non-profit organisations.

Getty will also offer research support for educational, research, and mentoring initiatives focused on Black history.

“It was the artist Kandis Williams who told me how much of our history was in the Getty Images Archive,” FKA twigs said in a statement. “We were discussing how powerful it would be to make this content available to Black creators and educators – enabling us to put these pieces together and make our history accessible for generations to come.”

Ken Mainardis, the senior vice president and head of content at Getty, said: “At Getty Images, we believe in the power of imagery to change the world. To do this, we must support Black content creators to tell more of the authentic stories of the global black community. Knowing the past opens the door to the future. With this project, we hope to empower Black content creators to tell their story of their own history, and to support storytelling as a weapon in the struggle for racial uplift.”

More details will be released about the project in the next few months. In the meantime, see FKA twigs’ announcement about the collaboration below.