Rich Mnisi and Josh Middleton Collaborate When Music Meets Fashion To Create Art
Singer/songwriter Josh Middleton has collaborated with Vogue Magazine featured South African designer Rich Mnisi for an exclusive GQ featured photoshoot. These vibrant images of contrasting colours were captured by Josh’s longstanding and award-winning photographer Antoinette Reinecke in the setting of the Everard Read Gallery and surrounded by the exquisitely colourful art pieces of conceptual artist Liberty Battson.
Rich Mnisi dressed Josh Middleton in the bright pieces from his latest season titled ‘Alkebulan’ which appeared at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Berlin. Rich Mnisi in describing the collection Josh Middleton wears in this collaboration; “Alkebulan is the oldest name for Africa, here we reimagine our land free of pain and call mother to protect us. The fertile soil of unfettered expression that nourishes our work takes form yet again through the preservation of her story and inspired by my late grandmother, Nwa-Mulamula.”
Antoinette Reinecke encapsulates the moment music meets fashion to create art. As the vivid colours in both Battson’s high spirited art pieces and Rich Mnisi’s zestful Alkebulan collection. They compliment each other as they contrast against the clean white wall bringing out the rich and bright colours in the two forms of art – fashion and visual art.
Reinecke comments on this collaboration – “I’ve had the privilege of capturing several portraits of Josh over the years of his music career. I thoroughly enjoy collaborating with him and we have created work together that I am really proud of. This particular shoot was a real highlight. Rich Mnisi’s incredible designs are an amazing source of inspiration and a true work of art in their own right. Add to that the masterpieces in the Everard Read Gallery and Josh’s creative energy and you have all the ingredients necessary for a truly powerful visual.
Josh Middleton, at 18-years-old, has burst into an industry defying norms, crossing borders, and drawing tears to his audience’s eyes through the powerful lyrics he writes. He has drawn great inspiration from Rich Mnisi’s work, his pieces, and international success. He felt that working with this incredible artist would be an incredible way to spark inspiration and creativity in his work and he was right. Following this collaboration, Josh went on to write and create some of the best pieces of work featured on his album “A MILD CASE OF INSOMNIA” to be released later this year, being streamed by millions across the world and featured in local and international publications since it’s release. Rich Mnisi’s work is also known to draw inspiration from music and other art forms to make his vision come to life.
This collaboration represents many different art forms and it becomes art through photography. Josh is dressed in art, surrounded by art, and is art himself with the pending release of his second album, “A Mild Case of Insomnia” following major success with two incredible single releases in 2020 “Caught Up” and “Somebody (Sorry) and still more to come.
As the iconic Lady Gaga states – “I think that fashion and music go hand-in-hand, and they always should. It’s the artist’s job to create imagery that matches the music. I think they’re very intertwined.”