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One of the figures behind Space Slave Trade, Seychelle Allah discusses his brand of afrofuturism that layers the visual culture around him into a world in which the aggregate plays an important role.
Allah’s relationship with social media has been complex. Space Slave Trade, named after a friend’s band, started after he was kicked off Facebook for sharing images deemed inappropriate by the service. The resulting blog is NSFW and careens from porn-like images with young Asian girls to absurd representations of starving Africans. The aesthetic is young, fresh, and aggressive without being violent.
His 2-D work, like “Nuclear Tropics II: Escape from Bikini Peel” (2010), which is exhibited in #TheSocialGraph, is a visual explosion that portrays a friends of his in a state of rebirth in cyberspace. Allah explains in the interview that social media feels like one of the most natural things he has ever done, and he considers it a form a nature.
Still a student, we’re sure to be hearing more from Allah as his work, and Space Slave Trade, develops. The following is an interview conducted at the Outpost.
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