A Cel­e­bra­tion of the Phe­nom­e­nal Wo­man

A Photo Es­say

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BLAC De­signs and renowned Lon­don-based col­lage artist Anna bu Kliewer have col­lab­o­rated on a series of images cel­e­brat­ing women and their strength.

The project en­ti­tled Phe­nom­e­nal Wo­man – a name taken from Maya An­gelou’s poem of the same name – fea­tures four sur­real ana­logue col­lages paired with four po­ems. The po­ems have each been writ­ten by a fe­male writer high­light­ing women’s is­sues or strug­gles. Some of the themes ex­plored in­clude self­im­age, diversity, fe­male power, and sex­u­al­ity.

BLAC De­signs, founded by Jor­da­nian na­tional Hamzeh Al­farah­neh, is a Cape Town­based con­cept brand fo­cused on lux­ury leather ac­ces­sories and bags. This project is the se­cond in a series of artist col­lab­o­ra­tions meant to ce­ment BLAC’s re­la­tion­ship within the art world. The project’s main fo­cus is on women, as the themes ex­plored are close to the brand’s heart.

Anna Bu Kliewer is a Lon­don-based mixed-me­dia artist work­ing in dig­i­tal and ana­logue col­lages. Driven by her cu­rios­ity about other re­al­i­ties and time and space, she chal­lenges our per­cep­tion of iden­tity and na­ture by trans­form­ing found im­agery into a new sur­real con­text. This was ex­plored in her project Soft Men and her work for ES Mag­a­zine and Ar­ti­cle.

“With this col­lab­o­ra­tion we wanted to high­light women as they are BLAC’s pri­mary source of in­spi­ra­tion. Anna is a vo­cal sup­porter of the dis­en­fran­chised. Her work of­ten has a po­lit­i­cal un­der­tone, and it felt right to reach out to her for this,” Al­farah­neh says. “We wanted a more con­cep­tual ap­proach than our usual projects and to talk about BLAC’s ethos as a brand by shin­ing some light on some of the is­sues that our clien­tele of­ten face. In a way Anna and I are pay­ing homage to all the women in our life”.

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