We’ve created a space for donations for Aboubakar Fofana‘s indigo farm. Please support his indigo farm in Mali, West Africa. Because of the Coronavirus, Aboubakar has lost all income from cancelled workshops, paid talks and collaborations. Can you help us give back to him? For all that he’s given to us as an indigo educator, artist and farmer?
Aboubakar is currently deeply involved in creating a farm in conjunction with the local community in the district of Siby, Mali. The two types of indigenous West African indigo (Indigofera arrecta and Philenoptera cyanescens) will be the centerpiece for a permaculture model. Therefore, this model is based around local food, medicine and dye plants. This project hopes to contribute to the rebirth of fermented indigo dyeing in Mali and beyond. Additionally, it represents his life’s greatest project to date.
Aboubakar’s work stems from a profound spiritual belief that nature is divine. Therefore, he believes that through respecting this divinity, we can understand the immense and sacred universe. Additionally, his raw materials come from the natural world. His working practice revolves around the cycles of nature. As well as the themes of birth, decay and change, and the impermanence of these materials. Aboubakar sees the conception and realization of this work as a form of spiritual practice which he shares with his audience.