Conscious Counsel: AnAkA, Founder of AKTIV8 Archive & Apothecary
I had the pleasure of sitting down with my dear friend AnAkA to chat about their art practice centered around preserving ancestral wisdom. We talked by a trickling creek underneath a towering canopy of trees just a few blocks away from AnAkA’s family home in Portland while an unusual July rain passed through — the perfect environment for our conversation about finding healing in nature.
AnAkA has photographed, directed, and produced videos for world class musicians (FKA Twigs, Kali Uchis) and brands (Levis, Vogue) all while staying grounded in documentary work that reflects personal relationships developed with each subject. AnAkA finds and celebrates community not just through a lens capture but through honest work in understanding, participation, and reciprocation. In this time of unrest AnAkA shares ancestral tools to build spaces of healing and resilience beyond the confines of our current reality. As a childhood friend I can attest to AnAkA’s natural gift of seeing beyond the surface of both people and society but I’d rather you’d hear from AnAkA directly: