The footsteps of an artist follow a path less trodden.

Travailing the lowest valleys and the highest peaks, both terrains reveal challenges to test the strongest of wills and epiphanies to delight and lift the most cynical of hearts. I have thus far been graced with a path that is currently nearly 30 years long. Many moons, many seasons, many visions, many collaborations many beautiful outcomes.

My journal is a way to share a little of my personal journey.

Kofi Allen

Basquiat – Boom for Real – Barbican London
It’s the last day of the long awaited Basquiat solo retrospective seminal art show at the Barbican London. Its 0850, and I can see that people already darting to the Barbican, so I take a quick snap, and head over to the main show.  One street away from the Barbican Centre, the first thing I see is a Banksy piece, with his typic ...
On Carnival
Born out of rebellion, suppression and repression. Misunderstood cultural dynamics where one has to assert oneself to be recognised and celebrated. Born of the idea of a woman of vision, Claudia Jones. Also charted on the slave plantations where the sound of the drum came from a deep feeling of pain. For a long time the drum and da ...
Marvel’s Black Panther
I have been waiting for the Black Panther release for way too long after reading the Black Panther graphic novel and was so excited to see Chadwick Boseman turn up as the Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War in 2016. I even recently photographed the cool dude himself, ‘Roots Manuva’, brandishing his copy of a ‘Black Panth ...
Zanele Muholi | Hail the Dark Lioness | Autograph ABP | 14 July – 28 October 2017
SOUL OF A NATION: ART IN THE AGE OF BLACK POWER | Tate Modern | 12 July – 22 October 2017
Amazing as this show is, and having actually bumped into the great artist himself Wadsworth Jerrell, as we purchased our tickets for the ‘Soul Of A Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power' exhibition at the Tate. My good friend, who is currently suffering from what is classified as terminal cancer, recognised Wadsworth who was so ...
Burnt To A Crisp – A Poem for Grenfell
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