Art & Design

May 3, 2017

New African Photography on Show in New York

Fantasy, reality, fashion and nature

  • Written by Stuart Brumfitt

Some of Africa’s most exciting new photographers will have their work shown alongside the legendary Malick Sibidé’s in concurrent exhibitions at Red Hook Labs in Brooklyn from today.

Nataal, the site celebrating African visual arts, fashion, music and society is co-curating its second show with Jimmy Moffat at Red Hooks Labs in Brooklyn, and it features nine emerging and established artists from Africa and the broader diaspora whose works span documentary, fashion, portraiture, film and performance. There will be London-based takes on beauty, street shots from Addis Ababa, ephemeral scenes from Nairobi and much more.

Nataal - Mimi Chrono Ng'Ok_Untitled_2014

Mimi Chrono Ng’Ok, Untitled, 2014

“We’ve selected these artists because we believe in their individual points of view and the new narratives they tell about African identities,” says Nataal’s Editorial Director Helen Jennings. “The exhibition is not about curating artists around a single theme. Instead we’re giving a platform to those talents who make positive yet thought provoking and beautiful work and reflect the diversity and energy we’re seeing in African photography now.”

Malick Sidibé, Boxeur (poings levés avec bandages), 1966

Malick Sidibé, Boxeur (poings levés avec bandages), 1966

Malick Sibidé’s now legendary photos of life in Mali, including dancers, boxers and lovers, will also be on show. It’s a celebration of his career, which began in Bamako in 1950s and is jointly presented with 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair and MAGNIN-A, Paris.

Nataal: New African Photography II runs until 14 May and Malick Sidibé: The Eye of Modern Mali runs until 7 May.


  1. Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, Untitled, 2014
  2. William Ukoh, Proserpina, 2016
  3. Kyle Weeks, Mevetwapi Joya, Kunene Region, Namibia, 2015
  4. Cyndia Harvey, Video Stills, This Hair of Mine, 2016
  5. Kyle Weeks, Kunene Region, Namibia, 2015
  6. Kadara Enyeasi, Head, 2014
  7. Girma Berta, Moving Shadows II, VIII, 2017
  8. Malick Sidibé, A la plage, 1974 © Malick Sidibé, Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris


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