Earlier this year, Edun unveiled its SS16 lookbook, which was South African photographer Kristin-Lee Moolman who captured her models – in her characteristic “off-kilter glossy” style – in and around Orlando, Soweto. If this lookbook and Moolman’s work more broadly is anything to go by, Africa has got swathes of photographic talent that are perhaps overlooked in the west.
A new exhibition, opening on Saturday (May 7) at Red Hook Labs in New York, sets to remedy this. Titled New African Photography, the show brings together six contemporary photographers from Africa and its diaspora with the aim of expressing “the diversity of narratives informing the continent’s rich visual language today.”
As well as Moolman, these photographers include Namsa Leuba, who is of mixed Guinean and Swiss descent and whose work focuses on African identity through Western eyes. Elsewhere, South Sudanese photographer Atong Atem explores the cultural identities of first and second-generation African immigrants in Australia and is featured along with Egyptian street photographer and Instagram giant Owise Abuzaid.
The exhibition will also bring together some of Nigerian Lakin Ogunbanwo’s colour-drenched images and French-Senegalese Delphine Diallo’s “Highness” series, which was done in collaboration with hairstylist Joanne Petit-Frere, who creates gravity-defying sculptural styles with real hair.
New African Photography is staged in collaboration with http://www.nataal.com/Nataal, a global media brand that celebrates contemporary African fashion, music, arts, and society, and comes closely in the wake of A Short, Pleasurable Journeywhich showcased 51 photographs by acclaimed photographer and Dazed contributor Jamie Hawkesworth. Head to the gallery above for a preview of the exhibition.
New African Photography is on show at Red Hook Labs in Brooklyn, New York, May 7-15, 2016