March 1, 2015 - Interviews

Addressing some of society’s darkest taboos

By RAWIYA KAMEIR

Michael Soi has a sense of humor. His bright, captivating paintings, in a style that nods to the ubiquitous street cartooning seen across much of Africa and parts of Latin America, amount to visual satire. Through cheeky series like I Love Nairobi, in which he addresses the sex trade, and China Loves Africa, in which he takes China to task for its neocolonial relationship with Africa, Soi critiques both local and global aspects of society that many people would prefer to sweep under the rug. Over email, he told The FADER about his intentions and inspirations, and the difficulties of making African work for non-African audiences.

 

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