In celebration of Black History Month, PAFF and IKEA collaborated for the second year to create the All Artists Have A Seat at the Table exhibit. IKEA invited seven world-renowned Black artists to individually “REIMAGINE” a raw wooden IKEA dining set and transform it into individual custom artworks that were unveiled during the opening reception for the PAFF ArtFest on Fri. Feb. 10, 2023, at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles.
The artists selected include: Porter Ajayi Olanrewaju (Nigeria), Aziz Diagne (Senegal), PeQue Brown (America), Marvin Obasogie Aimiuwu (Nigeria), Sandra Zebi (Brazil),Yendi Serwaa (America), andSylvia “Gbaby” Cohen (America).
The full exhibition will be on display for the public Feb. 10-20 during the PAFF ArtFest at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.
In partnership with IKEA, world-renown Black artists from PAFF created fine art with IKEA furniture as a part of the All Artists Have a Seat at the Table exhibition. The goal was to establish, preserve and present “imaginative stories” –– and to keep the expressions of Black art vibrant and alive. The artists were asked to create a visual representation of the rich history and culture that has shaped the Pan African Film & Arts Festival for the last 30 years using IKEA’s IVAR chairs and their INGO table.
The All Artists Have a Seat at the Table exhibition is curated by acclaimed Ghanaian contemporary artist PAFF ArtFest director Allohn Agbenya.
Photo credit: Robinlori