Ardor (n.): enthusiasm, passion, fervor, intensity and emotion. All of which describes the nature of work created by African American creatives.
ARDOR magazine is a quarterly publication based in Washington, DC, created for African American creatives and art connoisseurs, showcasing the work of creatives of color. The magazine stands as a source of representation in the arts and challenges media’s portrayal of people of color. Covering artist from numerous disciplines and backgrounds, ARDOR allows creatives of color to connect and inspire future artist.
Issue 1: Unmastered, tackles African American’s place in society. Free, not controlled or ruled and therefore unmastered.
issue 1 unmastered
Issue 1 is filled with four sections that define black art and livelihood. Section one, Unmastered, exemplifies our conflict as a free people, constantly faced with the racism of America. Including work that challenges identity and race, this section is a reminder of how we have pressed forward despite the limited control we have over our own bodies. Focusing on positive representation, Re:Creation addresses the control we have over our narrative and our ability to retell our stories from our perspective. Glory is present in our capacity to recreate, where we find beauty in everyday life. Our community influences our work and keeps us grounded. Community is dedicated to showcasing the work of local artist and art students.