mukhtara yusuf is a yoruba-nigerian-muslim visual artist/scholar, cultural activist and designer. her work focuses on decolonizing design, sustainability, alternative economies and design in the global south. 

her creative art practice explores links between issues of trauma, black mental health, and afrofuturism by exploring larger conceptual motifs of colonial time, indigenous epistemology and material counter memory. 

other themes in her work, through scholarly research, curation, and activism include afro-islamic identity marginalization, queerness, and african urban landscapes.

key concerns in her work are  black speculative design pedagogy, urban design and environmentalism; african design infrastructures, collaborative design, and issues of social capital and value.  



 IYA is a song mukhtara’s mother, sola yussuf, composed for her own mother. it is sung by sola yussuf herself and was originally featured as accompaniment to enrica picarelli's essay on mukhtara's work published on #blackstothefuture. 

(art re-working by mawena yehouessi)



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