Curated by Anabelle Nwankwo-Mu’azu and Nobel laureate Professor Wole Soyinka, ‘As It Is! Contemporary Art From Africa and the Diaspora’ is a four-month initiative that will showcase more than 20 leading and emerging African artists. First on the roster is a series of photographs in the exhibition ‘Africa Uploaded – Experiences Through The Lens’, in which eight artists will each explore decidedly different moments and experiences on the continent. Here are three of the key protagonists to whet your appetite.
Africa Uploaded continues at Mojo Gallery until December 31
Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine
Africa is… Hot!
Photography is… my passion.
A true Renaissance man, Ntare is an actor (starring in Treme, Blood Diamond and Heroes, among other things), a documentary filmmaker and a photographer. His photos are also of a documentary style, and he captures everything from clubbers in Uganda to Zionist services in Zimbabwe. This powerful image of a wedding in Mozambique gives us an intimate insight into a unique union.
Angèle Etoundi Essamba
Africa is... Home.
Photography is... The need to express and communicate. As long as the will exists, I will create.
Essamba is best known for her beautiful, natural portraits of strong African women. Her works are simple, and strip down the subject (sometimes literally) so there’s very little between the subject and the viewer’s eye. Through powerful lighting, she allows their flaws and thus their real beauty to shine through.
Africa is... Africa.
Photography is... art.
With origins in photojournalism, Kaminju tells the African tales that the mainstream media often pass by. These photos, captured at a match of Sowetan soccer club Orlando Pirates, are part of a series into the subculture of South African soccer fans. It’s a world with its own language, where fans bring boiled sheep heads to matches and bite into the food in unison when their team scores: an act of defiance that says ‘we shall eat you up’. So there really is more to life than the vuvuzela.