A new crowd-funded magazine that provides ‘a platform for creative people of colour’, has been launched by two Fine Art students from Liverpool Hope.
ROOT-ed: Revolution of our Time is the brainchild of Amber Akaunu and Fauziya Johnson, who successfully raised funds to pay for the creation and printing of the publication.
Explaining the aim of the publication, Amber and Fauziya said: “We feel that ethnic minorities, especially minorities of colour, are not being well represented enough, especially within the Fine Arts and Design sector. ROOT-ed stands for Revolution of our Time, because we feel this is time for a revolution of acceptance and recognition for the artists of all kinds (poets, musicians, photographers, designers, installation, design) to be on a welcoming platform to have their say, but to also be promoted for their artistic talents.”
The first issue of the bi-monthly magazine features an exclusive interview with Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid, who is known for her paintings, prints, drawings and installations, which celebrate Black creativity and the people of the African diaspora.
Due to graduate this summer, both Amber and Fauziya intend to continue their work on the magazine after leaving Hope, meanwhile Amber will also be completing a Masters in Artist Films at Goldsmiths.
ROOT-ed is now available in Liverpool’s News From Nowhere book shop and the city’s galleries.