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Afrofuturist artists

Updated 9:37 AM ET, Mon February 12, 2018
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The cultural aesthetic has its roots in African-American art and music, but is experiencing a renaissance. Artists such as David Alabo, who's based in Accra and who's work is featured in this gallery, are creating new futuristic worlds. David Alabo
It places African people, culture and tradition at its center. It began in the twentieth century with artists like Sun Ra drawing on African cosmology and sci-fi. Now, Black Panther has brought it into the mainstream. David Alabo
"I seek to draw my audience from reality into a strange world that fuses space, big cats, serene landscapes and the African diaspora," David Alabo told CNN. David Alabo
Popular singers such as Beyoncé and Rihanna have also drawn on Afrofuturism as an influence. David Alabo
Fikayo Adeola, founder of animation company Kugali, said: "Afrofuturism was a tool that they could use to imagine a better future, and the movement continued into the contemporary era." David Alabo
"I got into Afrofuturism from a desire to create art that showcases African culture through surrealism, seeing as there was not enough work in that field," David Alabo told CNN. David Alabo
The following visuals are created by Kaylan F. Michael under the moniker of Lost In The Island, who is a Canadian-based artist and graphic designer. "Self-expression got me interested in Afrofuturism." Kaylan F. Michael
Kaylan's work explores themes of spirituality, feminity and humanity with an African touch. Afrofuturistic, abstract and spiritual are words that best describe her style. "Afrofuturism is a style where I can freely express myself; being also originally from Africa, I felt that this is the style where I can address certain issues based on my perspective and my experiences with the audience," Michael told CNN. Kaylan F. Michael
The term Afrofuturism was first coined in 1993 Mark Dery in an essay "Black to the Future." Kaylan F. Michael
The style combines science fiction, magical realism and African influences. Kaylan F. Michael