Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Ifé Franklin

Ifé Franklin is an interdisciplinary visionary artist who is committed to her life's work, Ifé Franklin's Indigo Project. Ifé Franklin creates art that honors the lives and history of formerly enslaved Africans/African-Americans in the American South and the African Diaspora who labored in the harshest conditions to produce materials that generated the wealth of nations. Ifé Franklin's Indigo Project provides historical, artistic, and cultural components that speak to the lives of those that endured plantation existence. The project involves many genres of art-making, including the creation of life-sized structures resembling slave cabins that are produced with community involvement using Adire fabric dying techniques from the Yoruba culture of West Africa.

The cabin can take various forms: for example it can be covered in indigo fabric or painted indigo blue, with members of the community invited to create adire fabric or and/or to write a message to their ancestors directly on the cabin structure. The cabin and full installation consist of sculpture, tapestries, drawings, dolls, and other mixed-media work.  Ifé Franklin's Indigo Project also offers:

  • School- and community-based workshops and interactive discussions
  • Performances of The Slave Narrative of Willie Mae including the auction block scene
  • Miniature-slave cabin workshops
  • Adire fabric-dying workshops

Contact Information

First Name: 
Ifé
Job Title/Position: 
Multidisciplinary Artist
Mailing Address: 
158 School St., #2
Roxbury, MA 02119
Physical Address: 
158 School St., #2
Roxbury, MA 02119
Last Name: 
Franklin
Phone: 
(617) 291-6213

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Multi-Disciplinary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Ethnic
Design - Fashion
Humanities - Art History & Criticism
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Literary Arts- Fiction
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Music - General
Music - Ethnic / World
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Theater - Storytelling
Visual/Crafts - Decorative Arts
Visual/Crafts - Dolls / Soft Sculpture
Visual/Crafts - Fiber
Visual/Crafts - Furniture
Visual/Crafts - Illustration / Drawing
Visual/Crafts - Installation
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Visual/Crafts - Photography
Visual/Crafts - Sculpture
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
LGBTQ Populations
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Performance / Concert / Reading
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Exhibitions
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Residency - Other
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
20
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National