The work of artist Caroline Chinakwe does not leave you indifferent. This multidisciplinary artist, stylist, designer, multi-media artist and consultant in the creative industry, plunges us into a singular universe, cheerful and full of pep's!
Caroline is an alumnus of the London College of Fashion. She started her career in the fashion industry, working for designers and big brands, before focusing on a freelance career as a fashion designer and stylist.
After 20 years of experience in the fashion industry, Caroline's recent transition to art, has grown from the lack of diversity in fashion when it comes to the way visuals, including black models, were styled and portrayed in mainstream media. As a mother of 3 herself, it was also a personal need to create and share images that would inspire and empower her children and the next generation.
His work combines various mediums, photography, painting, collage. The variety of techniques and the combination of techniques are the signature of this talented artist.
This is me (2020)
This first artistic series is directly inspired by the artist's life and his imagination. It was partly the lack of diversity in the fashion world but also the fact that black skin color and hair texture did not match Western standards that motivated him.
She therefore set about creating images that she wanted to see!
This series was born in a particular context: the first confinement and the Black Lives Matter movement!
Following the protests that took place after the death of George Floyd, Caroline felt she needed to go further in her work. She therefore became interested in colorism which is a sociological concept that designates the difference in treatment between people with light skin and those with dark skin.
His works are therefore interested in this sad reality and invite us to see the beauty of all skin colors.
Each piece of art is pasted using different features and skin tones of different women.
Fashion, jewelry and textures are a main feature of her art, as are the hairstyles and headgear that adorns models, which are an integral part of a black woman's identity.
Find the works of artists from various horizons and disciplines, available in KELEN's gallery.