Adama Delphine Fawundu The Sacred Star of Isis, 2018 Photo collage, cotton, hair on canvas 45 x 65 inches Edition 3 + 1 AP
Adama Delphine Fawundu The Sacred Star of Isis, 2018 Photo collage, cotton, hair on canvas 45 x 65 inches Edition 3 + 1 AP 

Refraction: New Photography of Africa and Its Diaspora

19/04/2018 - 02/06/2018

STEVEN KASHER 
515 West 26th Street 
Floor 2 
10001 New York

www.stevenkasher.com   

 
Steven Kasher Gallery presents a generation of photographic artists of African descent born in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. They reside in Luanda, Paris, Philadelphia, Addis Ababa, New York and beyond. These artists portray Black bodies in acts of cultural mediation. They revive the traditional African rites of masking, costuming, quilting, body ornamentation and invocation of spirits. They refract those rituals through the lenses of contemporary art practices such as performative self portraiture, collage, montage and digital manipulation. They merge cultures past and present, looking towards a more inclusive, harmonious future.

Refraction is an ocular cleanse. The work of these artists bridges the gap between Black stereotypes Black and Black reality. The photographs in the exhibition navigate the complex relationship between innate identities and identities evolved from social, political and cultural influences. On a technical level, these artists are heralds of new dimensions in photography, bending, transmuting and pushing the medium.