Akwaeke & Yagazie Emezi, two powerful Nigerian sisters have been featured on VOGUE – February 2018 issue – and were photographed by Annie Leibovitz!
A short article on the website:
When Yagazie Emezi was about six, she was hospitalized after being run over by a truck. (Luckily, she says, her bones were still growing.) To the Nigerian-born documentary photographer, the experience was more formative than traumatic. “I’ve had the scar for most of my life,” says Yagazie. “I don’t remember myself without it.” Yagazie’s matter-of-fact attitude informs her ongoing project Re‑learning Bodies, a series of photographs of people from African communities that presents scars less as a result of violence and more as a testament to lived experience. This shift in conventional thinking is something Yagazie’s sister, Akwaeke, also explores in her stunning debut novel, Freshwater, a beguiling book that skips from Nigeria to Virginia to Brooklyn, drawing from Igbo tradition and the author’s own autobiography. Through different forms, the sisters see themselves as part of a larger endeavor to break with norms and tradition. “There’s this reality that’s considered mainstream, where beauty looks like X,” says Akwaeke. “We’re stepping outside that reality, and we’re saying we’re not going to move.”—Chloe Schama
Visit Akwaeke’s Website to read all of her works – Fiction and Non-fiction!
We are so excited for these two and can’t wait to hold Akwaeke’s book – FRESH WATER in our arms!
Visit Yagazie’s Website to see all of the beautiful and amazing things she does with photography!
In these close-knit families (biological or self-defined), an altruistic current runs deep. Propelled by a desire for change, they’re not waiting for the world to catch up. – Vogue, on 5 FAMILIES WHO ARE CHANGING THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT!
We are constantly rooting for these two!