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AFPR—Meet The Artists: Ini Archibong

Jan 26, 2022 5 MINUTES

“I think for a lot of us, when we were kids, our ability to envision a future that was different than some of the things that we didn’t like that we were seeing around us was to escape into a fantasy and envision a future that’s more akin to a superhero comic book than it is to actual reality—and I think that comes through in my work and a lot of the people that express visions in an Afrofuture.” – Ini Archibong

Meet Ini Archibong, one of the many contemporary artists whose work is featured in “Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room.” Born in California to Nigerian parents and trained in Europe, Archibong incorporates luxurious and technologically daring materials in his designs with influences from folklore, mysticism, astronomy, and music to create a distinctly futuristic aesthetic.