Photographed by Kirsten Brophy

Photographed by Kirsten Brophy


Michelle,

 

We are proud to introduce M'ilima, a conservation project by The Nile| culture. We believe introducing art with education to promote environmental conservation presents new outreach opportunities essential to the outcome.

As you may be aware, rhino poaching is currently at a crisis point. Almost two rhino a day are slaughtered to satisfy market demands, despite the well-publicized gravity of the situation. With each kilogram of horn retailing for over $65,000 US, the struggle for survival is at an all-time high.

With our team, consisting of multidisciplinary artists and socially influential members, we believe we can draw attention and support for this calamity. Utilizing a broad creative skill set, we have created an inspiring collection of candles, a collaborative publication; featuring leading brands and names such as Lumen Et Umbra, Shaughnessy Brown, Leon Emanuel Blank, Atticus, etc. As well as a short film to be debuted at our charity event during Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) by a renowned Kenyan filmmaker.

Project goals include;

1) fostering knowledge and positive attitudes towards wildlife

2) reinvesting funds into project initiatives supporting anti poaching strategies; wildlife management, conservation, security, research & monitoring, and care for orphan/habituated wildlife.


Rather than seeing the war against poaching as a futile endeavour, M’ilima is a celebration of recent conservation success while acknowledging a continuous battle we have yet to win.
— The Nile| culture

The M'ilima event will take place on September 16, 2017. The gallery space will be curated to feature our candles, copies of the publication, the short film, and physical artwork from our global artist's. We have hand selected our team to represent various mediums inspired by the rhino and what this project encompasses in their eyes. Not only featured in our publication, their work will be apart of our silent auction with proceeds in support of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya. Representatives from the foundation will be present to speak about the topic and their efforts, struggles and success to keep the population growing. Upon reaching the $10,000 mark, we will be naming a rhino on the conservancy to give life to the collaborative efforts of all involved for years to come. Her name will respectively be, M'ilima.

Further from the event, we are reaching out to various retail locations worldwide to purchase charity packages of our products, giving the project continuous funding efforts moving forward. 

 

Our potential event location, Toronto ON;


Contributing Artists

 

Max Melesi

Martin Buzora

Art Department

Lumen et Umbra

Leon Emanuel Blanck

Jesse Draxler

Atticus

Sir Neave

Blair Sinnot

Mahlimae

Parsino

Sisi Bramble

Tony Kennedy

(more to be confirmed)