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New African Photography in Brooklyn

For the second year, photography is the theme of a special project at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in New York, which runs from May 5 to 7 . “New African Photography II,” organized by Nataal, a media brand focused on African visual arts, fashion and music, opens today and runs until May 14 at Red Hook Labs in Brooklyn, and includes nine artists engaged with present-day Africa. Among them are William Ukoh, a Toronto-based Nigerian artist who uses fashion photography in seductive, otherworldly collages; Girma Berta, a self-taught photographer from Ethiopia who frames fragments from the streets of Addis Ababa against bright backgrounds; and Kyle Weeks, a Namibian photographer based in Cape Town, whose desaturated portraits of palm wine collectors depict men perched high in stripped trees. Also on view is “This Hair of Mine,” a personal project that uses video and still portraits to explore the African diaspora through hairstyles, made by Cyndia Harvey, a Jamaican-born, London-based hairstylist in collaboration with director Akinola Davies and photographer Ronan McKenzie. Nadine Ijewere, a London-based fashion and portrait photographer, shows a portrait series shot in her grandmother’s hometown of Lagos, which features young people using local fabrics and materials to create expressive fashion. Together, the press release notes, the show spans “documentary, fashion and portrait photography, as well as video and performance” to “present modern narratives that surprise, captivate and inspire.”

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