African Cartel, initiated by Xenia & Mark Forrester, is an online entrepreneurial platform aimed at providing a showcase for talented artists from Southern Africa, to tell their story and to help market and sell their art. They believe that the value of art should be re-enforced, as well as the view that art is a unique creation, and not a commoditised product.
“Robot Artists” is a short documentary by African Cartel showcasing a group of Zimbabwean artists who’s marketplace and livelihood is a traffic light intersection in Cape Town, South Africa. The documentary was executed by African Cartel in collaboration with New Creation Collective.
The whole idea stems from the scenes most of us see everyday: Groups, and individuals trying to sell their hand-made wares to passers by on street, whether it be at the Robot, or on a corner. African Cartel provides online infrastructure for these hardened artists who continually struggle to provide for their families through the creation of art.
African Cartel dreams of raising enough funds to set up a creative workshop space where artists can work from, collaborate, share ideas with other artists and use different materials. So if you can in anyway help out, feel free to donate to the cause of their site, and spend a few minutes learning about the products and artists who create them HERE
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