Fred Martins’ New Series Honors the Struggles of African Liberation

Fred Martins’ New Series Honors the Struggles of African Liberation

In the spirit of Black History Month, Nigerian visual artist Fred Martins shares a new series commemorating the African struggles for freedom.

With Black and Freedom, Martins celebrates the “African heroes that stood against colonialism in Africa, although massacred in thousands and in millions, but they had tried to protect their lands, culture and people.”

Using butterfly imagery was intentional for Martins—they symbolize life or the soul in many African culture, he tells Design Indaba. The fists stand for power, bravery and unity.

It all defines the suffering inflicted and the strength exhibited by the African ancestors who were ardent and concerned about protecting the future of Africa,” he continues for Design Indaba, “and the message they tried to communicate to the present and future Africa.

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