Trench coats, furs with hoodies, and smiling faces packed a room last night to celebrate unity & understanding. The Off-Kilter brand and magazine celebrated its first anniversary at Yo:U – an inclusive space in Chicago serving as both a hair salon and a space for creatives. This dual purpose, inclusive space was the perfect host for the event considering Off-Kilter is focused on inclusivity, providing a platform for artists, and simply proving that art is valuable and is able to deconstruct societal questions. And in turn- answer them.
Artist Araba Ankuma blessed the celebration last night with her newest photography project.
Lining the walls of the open room was “Chi Boys,” the explorative photography series by Ankuma that aims to understand the hyper visible yet visible human, the black man. She beautifully captured the essence of the male subjects by pairing muted and vibrant backgrounds in addition to magnifying the bronze hues of the subjects skin.
Chi Boys, along with copies of Off-Kilter magazine, will be available at Yo:U until February. If you were not able to celebrate Off-Kilter’s first year, subscribe to us/ follow us on Twitter/Facebook and take a visit to 1026 N. Milwaukee to embrace the uplifting power of inclusivity and understanding.