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Jacob Nzudié

Cameroonian photographer Jacob Nzudie documented a seismic shift in culture and class, his Supermarché series reminiscent of a catalogue of newfound urbanism - the excitement of the Cameroonian young as they revel in a new capitalist fantasy of consumption; artificial glory is the goal, packaged happiness the craving.

Malick Sidibé

Malian photographer Malick Sidibé’s works epitomized the resilient yet carefree semblance of the Bamako youth, revealing the flamboyant nonchalance of a country who had too long been under the reigns of a colonial dominance that pressed heavily on the freedom of African expression, creation and spirit.

Deana Lawson

American photographer Deana Lawson’s work faithfully dissects the stereotypes of black aesthetics, focusing on the performance of the individual; the intimacy within a singular moment, a snapshot into a mind and a life, where a stranger becomes ‘family’.

Solomon Osagie Alonge

Nigerian photographer, Solomon Osagie Alonge allowed for a new expression in the court; scenes of colonial defeat were replaced with a belated yet restorative prowess, personal integrity and power were visualised in each image, initiating a new narrative of cultural and national pride for Nigeria. 

Sory Sanlé

Burkinabe photographer Sory Sanlé’s works declare a nostalgia before their time, a want for the possibility of anticipated hope and joy, of replacing the void of creativity amidst colonial formality, and creating an unspoiled narrative of cultural articulation.

Ellen Gallagher

African American artist Ellen Gallagher’s multilayered works are underwhelmingly shocking; the canon of advertising is transformed as the façade of the equality and diversity promised lingers unsettlingly, the uniformity of racial stereotypes continuing to burden the black body.

Philomé Obin

Haitian painter Philomé Obin’s works possess considerable depth, the illusion of unsophisticated figurative drawings simultaneously dictates a pain and an endurance; a joyous revolt, a hallelujah to the Haitian independence, an unvarnished disclosure of unchanging politics and poverty.

Fatimah Tuggar

Nigerian visual artist and photographer, Fatimah Tuggar’s works present a collaged reality of West African and Western motifs, a world where African is not a homogenous identity, where tropes of class, race and religion may differ without colliding.

Liz Johnson Artur

Russian-Ghanaian photographer Liz Johnson Artur’s candid shots portray the black experience unrestricted by the mould so often replicated; presenting personalities in all their grace, the nuanced spirit of blackness is alive and free.