Ghana’s Kantamanto Market at the Center of “Obroni Wawu”

Located in Accra, Ghana, Kantamanto Market is the largest second-hand apparel market in West Africa—and it’s brimming with clothes from North America, the UK, China, Korea and Australia. It’s partly “waste management” for those countries (and has a devastating effect on Ghana, as tons of this clothing is unusable and becomes landfill), but it has also “helped popularize the term ‘Obroni Wawu,’ which directly translates …

Latinx Project’s “Building Radical Soil” Explores Sustainability in Collective Art

At NYU’s Latinx Project, Building Radical Soil is a group exhibition (on view now until 5 May) by nine artists who meditate on conservation methods throughout the Latin, African and Asian diaspora. Whether focusing on traditional or contemporary approaches to sustainability, the artists highlight how collective art-making acts as resistance against colonialism-induced climate change. Lina Puerta’s “Broccoli Crop Workers” is a tapestry that depicts figures representing …

Yvette Mayorga’s Cake Decorations Critique Surveillance and Consumerism

Yvette Mayorga’s most recent work, “Surveillance Locket,” is a cake version of the Polly Pocket mansion that the artist dreamed of owning in her youth. Made with multiple layers of pink acrylic paint, pushed through piping bags, the faux confection melds the domestic interiors of the artist’s childhood with imaginary spaces. At first glance, the cake appears joyful and luxurious with its gold banisters and …