Omar Victor Diop."Project Diaspora" In this portrait the artist plays the role of St Benedict of Palermo (1526-1589). Benedict the Moor, was an Italian Franciscan friar in Sicily who is venerated as a saint in the Catholic and Lutheran churches. Born of African slaves, he was freed at birth and became known for his charity. Benedict was beatified by Pope Benedict XIV in 1743 and canonized in 1807 by Pope Pius VII. Benedict is remembered for his patience and understanding when confronted with racial prejudice and taunts. Original sculpture attributed to José Montes de Oca. #arthistory#africanart#africancontemporaryart#modernart#photography#saint#dakar#senegal#catholic
Omar Victor Diop."Project Diaspora" is composed of a series of self-portraits in which Diop poses as notable Africans from 15th to 19th century European paintings. In this portrait the artist plays the role of Angelo Soliman (1721-1796)
Who was born in the Sokoto State in modern Nigeria and was taken captive as a child and arrived in Marseilles (France) as a child slave. He was given as a gift in 1734 to the imperial governor of Sicily. After the death of Prince Lobkowitz, Soliman was taken into the Vienna household of the Prince of Liechtenstein, eventually rising to chief servant and royal tutor of the heir to the Prince, Aloys I. Soliman was highly respected and counted as a valued friend the Austrian Emperor. #arthistory#africanart#africancontemporaryart#modernart#photography#mars#dakar#senegal#austria
AKAA - Also Known As Africa 2017, was a beautiful experience, full of emotions and encounters. I was presenting my new series, « ça va aller » for the first time. Many Thanks to Victoria Mann , Salimata Diop and the entire AKAA- Also Known as Africa team. Thank you to @50golborneart Gallery, Pascale Revert, @le.bam to @aaf_lagos @mariapiabernardoni, @azubogu
Thank you to everyone I met ♥
AKAA - Also Known As Africa 2017, été une belle expérience riche en emotions, et rencontres. J’y présentais ma nouvelle série, « ça va aller », pour la première fois. Merci à Victoria Mann, Salimata Diop et à toute l’équipe AKAA. Merci à La galerie FiveZero Golborne, Pascale Revert, Ranti Bamgbala , merci à Aaf Lagos à Maria Pia Bernardoni, et à Azu Nwagbogbu.
Merci à tous ceux que j’y ai rencontré ♥ #akaafair2017#paris#africancontemporaryart#foireAkaa2017#50golbornegallery
Shoes play an important part in Willie Bester's exhibition 'Social Engineering' and his life. He tells the story of how he received his first shoes when he was in Std 5. His mother could not enter a shop due to her race and gave money to a white customer to purchase a pair for Willie. When she got home the shoes were too small and they could not return them. They cut the front off them so that they would fit. This and haunting images of the shoes of 'missing' children caught up in wars and genocides have inspired his works called 'missing ones'. #williebester#themelrosegallery#themelrosegallerysa#melrosearch#saart#sasculpture#investmentart#africancontemporaryart#socialengineering
Ernest (Methuen) Mancoba was an avant-garde artist, born in South Africa, who spent the majority of his life in Europe. He was probably South Africa's first professional Black modern artist. Although Mancoba was an active participant and founder in CoBrA and in later artistic movements, his role received little attention in art historical literature, leading the artist and scholar Rasheed Araeen to argue in 2004 that the erasure of Mancoba was the result of racism and ethnocentrism. #africanart#africancontemporaryart#modernart#painting#cobra#abstraction#paris#Johannesburg#southafrica
As amateur photographer, I tend be naturally drawn to that medium - as a way of expression. I went to the 2017 edition of the @akaa_fair and I will talk about it at length on @obatalamag .
On a very personal level though, these 2 photographs drew me in. I stood there gazing back and couldn’t help but think. At a time when every sign of life on our faces is required to be ironed out, hidden away, these visible ripples of life become almost an act of resistance. A badge of honour of lives fully lived, with I am sure, their own ups and downs. I wish I knew some of the stories that created the ripples. I stood there wondering wether almost by magic, the ripples would talk to me and whisper some secrets about a past long gone. It wasn’t so. As a visitor, I am left to imagine what those stories may be. More importantly I am leaving determined, if I am lucky enough to live that long, to let my proud rippled face do some of the talking.
1) Nour Eddine El Ghoumari, Egyptian Elder, 2016
2) Nour Eddine El Ghoumari, Aubry Fatima, 2013