SHADOW AND ACT: Al Jazeera Profiles ‘The New African Photography’ In 6-Episode Series
Al Jazeera English will premiere a new 6-episode series on Artscape, titled The New African Photography, which will document changes across the continent through the eyes of its photographers, in an effort to “take back control” of images of Africa with more nuanced, varied depictions of the continent, instead of the extremes we often get. Expect nods to pioneers like Malick Sidibé and autodidact Seydou Keïta.
The six episodes (one of which was executive produced by Viva Riva director Djo Munga) will premiere on April 22.
1. Invisible Borders (22 April 2013) Nigerian Emeka Okereke is the founder of Invisible Borders, an annual photographic project that takes African artists on a road trip across the continent. Invisible Borders follows Emeka and fellow Nigerian photographer Lilian Novo on the most recent journey, from Nigeria through Cameroon and Gabon. Emeka says, “Everywhere we go in Africa, we see our generation talking about doing things for themselves. This is the time to actually go in and experiment.”
2. The Red Dress
(29 April 2013) Barbara Minishi is a leading fashion photographer in Kenya. For her latest project, Barbara swapped skinny models for normal people, photographing a wide range of women all wearing the same red dress, as a symbol of unity and national identity in the aftermath of the 2007 post-election violence in which more than 1 000 Kenyans were killed.MORE
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Voodoo dancers possessed by the voodoo spirit dance in Ouidah, Benin Republic, Tuesday Jan. 9, 2007. Thousands of followers will gather in Benin in the seaside town of Ouidah to celebrate National Voodoo Day on Wednesday.
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Flora III, Paper, rope, and glue. 24’x36’x3’. 2010
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Emissaries - Nnenna Okore, 2009.
Contemporary Art - Handmade paper, dye, burlap, jute rope and yarn, 274 x 366 cm.
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more from MoMA PS1’s Studio Visit with the artist here.
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Mbongo Ya Ba Patrons, 2001
Acrylic on canvas | unique | 82 x 104 cm | 32.3 x 40.9 inches
Private collection, France
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Nigerian artist Osaretin Ighile uses mundane materials such as asphalt, ink, rope, burnt wood, cut-up plastic crates, and metal to create his works.
Entanglement I: I am Black I am White (2010) is part of our inaugural Contemporary African Art auction.
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“Salvaging such defiant beauty from scraps of resilient black, rubber provide a compelling metaphor of African American survival in the modern world.”
Matthew Guy Nichols, in an Art in America article on
rubber, tires, wood
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“Style has a profound meaning to Black Americans. If we can’t drive, we will invent walks and the world will envy the dexterity of our feet. If we can’t have ham, we will boil chitterlings; if we are given rotten peaches, we will make cobblers; if given scraps, we will make quilts; take away our drums, and we will clap our hands. We prove the human spirit will prevail. We will take what we have to make what we need. We need confidence in our knowledge of who we are.”
— Nikki Giovanni
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“Support from the Black community for the Black artist is gradually developing, but it seems that the real job still remains in the hands of the art institutions - galleries and museums - to provide the Black artists with that kind of professional and prestigious support [they] need for [their] continued development on both the economic and aesthetic levels.”
— Hale Woodruff, The Black Artist in America: A Symposium (1969)
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The New Jemima, 1964
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