"Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu."
(translation: a person is a person through other people)
Founded in 2023, Ubuntu is an online, interactive magazine that embraces multimedia; where an audio-series can sit right in-between a playscript and an interactive illustration. With a focus on art, culture and history, Ubuntu platforms the work of young, emerging and mid-career creatives throughout Melbourne, Australia. Engaging and collaborating with varied practices and disciplines, the magazine curates artist features and interviews, alongside newly commissioned audio, visual and written works.
Ubuntu is a word with many variations throughout the Bantu language groups of Africa. It is a philosophy of centering community care, and understanding you’re a part of a past, present and future collective. You carry both your ancestors and descendants with you, and the amount of humanity you have as a person, is dependent on how much humanity you give to others.
Welcome. Ubuntu is a word with many variations throughout the Bantu language groups of Africa. It is a philosophy of centering community care, and understanding you’re a part of a past, present and future collective. You carry both your ancestors and descendants with you, and the amount of humanity you have as a person, is dependent on how much humanity you give to others.
To the Table
This series celebrates the beauty of diversity, and promotes inclusion and acceptance of different cultures, religions, and ways of life. By highlighting the unique beauty and value of these differences, the series serves as a reminder that diversity is a fundamental aspect of our society, and we should embrace and respect each other's differences.
‘a story from the carpet store’ Model: Kareem Zaghlool Special thanks: @najafrugs
‘we here, we everywhere’ Model: Jeremy Habtemariam Special thanks: @jmtubera, @lexi.bassile, @carlywood_
‘in the free’ Model: Khushi Patil
‘elelele’ Model: Yoana Adera
‘who are you’ Model: Jasmin McNabb Special thanks: @chelcee__
‘you see me’ Model: Shaakira Saldin Special thanks: @lexi.bassile, @harrietvwright
‘eternal’ Model: Meeks Wharepapa
The Coloniser’s Game
“Built on white picket fences, English willow and wool sweaters—test cricket was a way to assert and perpetuate racial superiority through supposed formalities. Growing up, there’s always something sweet about watching the colonised outmatch the coloniser, to beat the “intelligent white man” at their own game. For the global diaspora, excellence in cricket provides a sense of nationalist and individual pride. Above all else, you feel seen—being able to point at the Khawajas, the Moeens and the Alana Kings and see people who look like you can be celebrated. Whilst cricket reflects a colonial history, it also represents a postcolonial consciousness. Its globalisation allows it to serve as a vessel for Pakistanis, Indians, Bengalis, Sri Lankans, West Indians, Afghanis and more to stand firmer in the beauty of their heritage, identity and culture.”
Model: Shaun Jinson (@shaunjinson)
Photographer: Daniel Temesgen (@stillsbydaniel)
Assisting: Fathiah Raihan (@fathiahraihan) & Uma Sharma (@uwannabeyonce)