Ajak Deng & Ataui Deng for Arise #11 by John-Paul Pietrus

Joanna Elizabeth

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Published December 22, 2010

The fall-winter edition of Arise is out and models Ajak and Ataui Deng get close and cozy in masculine inspired pieces with Le Rendez-vouz. In front of John-Paul Pietrus’ lens, Aja and Ataui don tailored garments from the likes of Cerruti, Moschino and Viktor & Rolf styled by Sabrina Henry.








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23 thoughts on “Ajak Deng & Ataui Deng for Arise #11 by John-Paul Pietrus”

  1. The concept and story isn’t complex which is why this is fabulous! The models are gorgeous and intriguing, I especially love the close up picture of the two of them (with one biting the other one’s ear) it’s cheeky and sensual.

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  2. In our white imperial context depictions of nonwhite women should naturally be presumed complicit unless there is at least some indication of critical awareness of the themes evoked by the images themselves. The ‘fashion world’ has a moral challenge to meet here and is failing with ostensible oblivion. Once again the most obvious theme echoed here without acknowledgment of awareness is the reflexive exclusion of normal nonwhite male counterparts.

    See also:
    https://fashiongonerogue.com/melodie-monrose-anais-mali-solve-sundsbo-interview-december-2010/
    https://fashiongonerogue.com/sonny-liao-soo-joo-hilary-walsh-paper-planes/#comment-108339611

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    • I think it hasty to automatically discount the critical possibilities of this editorial, and the themes evoked by its images, simply because you view its “reflexive exclusion of normal nonwhite male counterparts” as somehow a lack of “awareness.” If anything, an inclusion of male counterparts, white or nonwhite, could just as easily suggest a lack of awareness in regards to the fashion industry’s reliance on and perpetuation of heteronormativity.

      While some editorials may indeed propagate overly imperialistic, eroticized notions of nonwhite women, I find this editorial fascinating and refreshing in its complexity.

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      • Reflexive exclusion of normal nonwhite male counterparts for glamorized nonwhite females is a white imperial imperative, and not a new one. The question is whether there is some evidence in these photos of any critical awareness about this old tradition. I don’t see it.

        Keep in mind, in regard to your comment about ‘heteronormativity,’ that virtually every white imperial offense in recent history has been accompanied by righteous choruses in defense of women, sexual minorities, etc.

        The fact that this set is from Arise magazine ( http://www.arisemagazine.net ), a new magazine focused on African style and culture, naturally evokes some hope that what we’re seeing here is not limited to the usual needs of the white empire everyone knows all too well. But the reasonable thing to do is to presume that things are functioning normally (see the links in my previous comment) unless we have some indication of a different mindset.

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      • Reflexive exclusion of normal nonwhite male counterparts for glamorized nonwhite females is a white imperial imperative, and not a new one. The question is whether there is some evidence in these photos of any critical awareness about this old tradition. I don’t see it.

        Keep in mind, in regard to your comment about ‘heteronormativity,’ that virtually every white imperial offense in recent history has been accompanied by righteous choruses in defense of women, sexual minorities, etc.

        The fact that this set is from Arise magazine ( http://www.arisemagazine.net ), a new magazine focused on African style and culture, naturally evokes some hope that what we’re seeing here is not limited to the usual needs of the white empire everyone knows all too well. But the reasonable thing to do is to presume that things are functioning normally (see the links in my previous comment) unless we have some indication of a different mindset.

        Reply
      • Reflexive exclusion of normal nonwhite male counterparts for glamorized nonwhite females is a white imperial imperative, and not a new one. The question is whether there is some evidence in these photos of any critical awareness about this old tradition. I don’t see it.

        Keep in mind, in regard to your comment about ‘heteronormativity,’ that virtually every white imperial offense in recent history has been accompanied by righteous choruses in defense of women, sexual minorities, etc.

        The fact that this set is from Arise magazine ( http://www.arisemagazine.net ), a new magazine focused on African style and culture, naturally evokes some hope that what we’re seeing here is not limited to the usual needs of the white empire everyone knows all too well. But the reasonable thing to do is to presume that things are functioning normally (see the links in my previous comment) unless we have some indication of a different mindset.

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  3. In our white imperial context depictions of nonwhite women should naturally be presumed complicit unless there is at least some indication of critical awareness of the themes evoked by the images themselves. The ‘fashion world’ has a moral challenge to meet here and is failing with ostensible oblivion. Once again the most obvious theme echoed here without acknowledgment of awareness is the reflexive exclusion of normal nonwhite male counterparts.

    See also:
    https://fashiongonerogue.com/melodie-monrose-anais-mali-solve-sundsbo-interview-december-2010/
    https://fashiongonerogue.com/sonny-liao-soo-joo-hilary-walsh-paper-planes/#comment-108339611

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  4. WOW. beautiful, gorgeous, and with a new twist. and WOW, ‘New Decent,’ are you serious!? As a woman of color, it is really refreshing to see the idea of a relationship for once without a male counterpart, white or non white. And to see it on two women so chic and beautiful, but also the fact that there is mystery to what the relationship is, is just one of the strong points of this poetic story.

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