Ubikwist’s bi-annual issue has come to represent more than just a magazine. It’s become an event for communal dialogue – and of course, a flag-waving moment for avant-garde talent. It’s always a euphoric moment to live up to this expectation and we are thrilled to bring you our latest edition: The Recovery Issue.
With collaborators from Costa Rica, Great Britain, France, Japan, USA, Tobago to Zimbabwe, the Recovery issue features a diverse lineup of activists, fashion and beauty experts, art, music, and film talents across the spectrum. Through uplifting interviews and stunning visuals, it showcases the work of visionaries, activists, photographers and designers, covering what’s now, what’s next, and what’s necessary. In an exclusive interview, legendary photographer and historian Anthony Barboza gets candid about telling stories of the past and present through his art and why those stories matter. Actor Aaron Pierre takes us behind the scenes on his leading role in the hit Amazon mini-series, The Underground Railroad, an alternative timeline where a network of abolitionists, hidden routes, and safe houses helped enslaved African Americans escape to freedom in the early to mid 1800s.
For most, music transported us through the tumultuous 2020 and we’re excited to profile Meshell Ndegeocello, Reni Lane, and Jupiter & Okwess in this light. Additionally, Nigerian fashion designer Kenneth Ize talks to us about his collaboration with the Karl Lagerfeld brand. After designing jewelry for the biggest names in entertainment and pop culture, Wilfredo Rosado opens up about a definitive career highlight: designing the pearl necklace Vice President Kamala Harris wore for her historic inauguration. And in reflection, the iconic Michele Saunders recounts a life filled with danceable memories after decades of enchanting audiences with her art.
Celebrating these art forms requires centering the issues the artists face – and recovery perfectly captures that. In this iteration packed with inspiring stories, the celebration of varying talents, and candid insights into our world today, the Recovery issue delves into its meaning and further challenges the reader into rethinking its process.