“Hello, we are now approaching the end of the old world,” motherSun studio declared on Instagram back in December, “don’t you know”?
As cryptic as it was nihilistic, the announcement came courtesy of Isabel Okoro, adé abegunde, and CC Chukwumah, three Nigerian creatives based between Toronto and London, who are set on securing the future of pan-African art. As the co-founders of motherSun, an incubator for the continent’s emerging artists, the trio are united in the belief that creativity can only prosper through collaboration and collectivity.
“We believe that if connections between upcoming and established talents are not fostered, the future of the industry is at risk,” they say, critiquing what they view as a tendency towards self-preservation over community in the Nigerian art world. That’s why, just two months in, motherSun launched the idea* fund, a grant and mentoring scheme, to encourage independent creators to “push the boundaries of their work”.
This notion of community is burrowed deep within the marrow of motherSun’s diaspora-dotted founders. With a little help from the Dazed 100, motherSun would like to see this philosophy materialised through a pop-up studio in Lagos – a space for workshops and creative cross pollination – the work from which would be housed in a zine. As they see it, everything they do is about building “long-lasting infrastructure to support underrepresented creatives”.
Text Daniel Rodgers