On February 27th, photojournalist and filmmaker Akintola Hanif will introduce the eighth print issue of his photography magazine Hycide, which explores subculture, art, and conflict through images and words. The launch event is free and open to the public, and will take place at Newark Museum from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Dubbed “The Survival Issue,” the latest edition of the magazine will include stories about the Georgia King Village housing projects in Newark; the favelas of Brazil; the Tenderloin District in San Francisco – known as a haven for the homeless; the story of Aziza Kibibi, a new Jersey woman who bore four children by her biological father (who has since been sentenced to 50 years in prison for raping her); and Cory “C-Blaze” Hamlet, alleged leader of the Grape Street Crips who was arrested earlier this month, among others.
“Hycide is about challenging elitist ideals and illustrating what’s really going on in the minds, hearts and lives of some of America’s finest yet forgotten people,” said Hanif. “Through stories of survival and freedom, our goal is to create understanding and empathy for the misunderstood while providing a visual and literary voice for the voiceless.”
The event will open with an Islamic prayer at 6:20 p.m. sharp. Guests will be able to tour the museum’s galleries, including their latest exhibition: Wondrous Worlds, Art & Islam Through Time & Place, which features more than 100 outstanding works of art showcasing the long history, vast geographic expanse and diversity of works of art in the Islamic world.
Guests will also enjoy catering, fresh pastries, cream liquor samples, a beer and wine bar, complimentary henna tattooing, head wrap instruction, oil, incense and body care product giveaways. Hanif and Newark Museum director Steven Kern will address attendees about the issue and the museum as part of the program. Attendees will be able to buy limited editions of the print magazine at the event.
Featured image by photographer Shawn Theodore