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New African Photography: 6 Contemporary Photographers You Need To Know

By now, you’ve probably read about Nataal’s exhibition “New African Photography” in collaboration with Red Hook Labs. It’s been featured on Vice.com and its affiliates including i-D and The Creator’s Project, as well as Vogue Italia. Featuring works by emerging and established photographers from Africa and its diaspora, the exhibition presents diverse narratives of identity through documentary, fashion and portrait photography.

 

The opening reception took place on the sunny afternoon of Saturday, May 7. With music by DJ MOMA spinning throughout and Saada Ahmed hosting, the evening kicked off with positive vibes as guests mingled with the artists. Get a taste of the six featured artists below before heading down to view this can’t-miss show at Red Hook Labs:

 

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Atong Atem is a South Sudanese artist living and working in Melbourne, Australia whose work explores postcolonialism in the diaspora, relationships between public and private spaces, and the politics of looking.

 

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Delphine Diaw Diallo is a French-Senegalese artist taking a mixed medium approach to photography. Named one of Smithsonian’s Photography’s Emerging Stars in 2012, Delphine Diaw Diallo juxtaposes tradition with modernity.

 

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Lagos-born photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo bridges the gap between fashion photography and classical portraiture with erotic and subversive photography.

 

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Johannesburg-based photographer and filmmaker Kristin-Lee Moolman explores the present-day environment of South Africa through the creation of a fictional mythology or place. Her work synthesizes political, personal, and visual stimuli from South Africa.

 

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Namsa Leuba investigates the representation of African Identity through the Western Imagination. With both Guinean and Swiss roots, Leuba uses her heritage to inform her work.

 

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Owise Abuzaid utilizes an abstract approach to form and content. An applied arts graduate, Abuzaid is currently working in Cairo. He has been selected for the 2016 New York Times Portfolio Review.

 

NATAAL: New African Photography is on view from May 7 – May 15, 2016 at Red Hook Labs, 133-135 Imlay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231