SCARF MAGAZINE IS that rarity: a collectible arts magazine which comes out annually that features ingredients that shouldn't work but always do.
Founded by artist and curator, Kinsi Abdulleh, under the umbrella group 'Numbi' (which means 'healing dance' in Somali), the magazine is collated by a small group of dedicated editors and artists, including acclaimed short story-writer and visual artist, Diriye Osman, who serves as the deputy editor.
Every year, the SCARF team come up with a theme that reflects ideas close to them. This year's theme is 'Breathing Space' and every artist and writer involved in the magazine decided to explore that idea in different ways.
|Diriye Osman, with Kinsi Abdulleh.|
There are interviews with renowned artists, Wangechi Mutu and Fatoumata Diawara as well as a life-affirming essay about sexual identity by the Nigerian blogger and feminist activist, Sokari Ekine.
There's fiction by rising star, Lauren Trimble, and the poetry section features Dorothea Smartt, Sai Murray (who's also the art director), Elmi Ali (an associate editor at the magazine), Idil Abshir and Booker-shortlisted novelist and poet, Romesh Gunesekera.
The cover illustration - which features a beautiful nymph blowing bubbles in the air - is by Diriye Osman, a ka-os|theory cover star.
This issue of the magazine will launch on Tuesday, 22nd May, at Rich Mix in Shoreditch, London. Get tickets here. There'll be an exclusive reading by Abdulrazak Gurnah followed by a Q&A with Diriye Osman about art, life and the African writer's role in today's society.