AFROPUNK returns to Brooklyn with an incredible line up of groundbreaking icons and emerging talent including Erykah Badu, Tyler The Creator, Kaytranada and The Internet among the names performing over the sold-out weekend event.
A celebration of African spirit and heritage, AFROPUNK has become an important moment on the music and culture calendar, with events in New York, London, Joburg, Paris and Atlanta throughout the year. It offers a safe place for self-expression and self-celebration.
Our second year in partnership with AFROPUNK, we’ve teamed up with BBZ, in the Friends of AFROPUNK area.
If you’re lucky enough to be at the festival, we invite you to be part of a unique celebration of identity and have your portrait taken by Bernice Mulenga in our tent. All images will join the live installation, and a selection will be posted on Fred Perry Subculture - follow us - Instagram.com/fredperrysubculture
London based photographer, Bernice Mulenga is a multidisciplinary artist, designer and writer. Her work largely focuses on photography, and the analogue processes associated with it.
Her work centres on community and the experiences of Black people in the UK.
This is amplified in Mulenga's ongoing photo series '#friendsonfilm'. Working with afro-docmentary, '#friendsonfilm' is an exploration of the ways in which black bodies navigate various spaces throughout diaspora. Their work also explores the reoccurring themes surrounding their identity, sexuality, race and Congolese culture.
We spoke to Bernice to get in the AFROPUNK mood:
What first inspired you to want to document your life through photography?
I think at first, I just wanted to see more images of my friends and these special moments we were having. They were doing amazing things and a lot of it was for the first time too. I simply wanted a way to remember this. It became even more personal when I started documenting the process - 'the behind the scenes' to life is what I like to see it as.
How would you describe your work?
I would describe my work as an honest candid archiving of afro documentation that makes me feel at home.
What do you enjoy the most about photography?
I enjoy the after effect; getting my film back and looking through my shots, having a sense of nostalgia back to the day it was taken, remembering the people I connect with and their stories. As of recently, I've been really enjoying the different ways people interpret my imagery and what it means to them and when they decide to share that with me I think that's special.
What are you most looking forward to at Afropunk?