Nataal returns to Brooklyn's Red Hook Labs for our second annual photography exhibition


Cyndia Harvey, This Hair Of Mine, 2016


Kadara Enyeasi


Kyle Weeks, Palm Wine Collectors, 2015


Nobukho Nqaba, Undibizela kuwe II (Conjure), 2016


Mimi Cherono Ng'ok


William Ukoh


Nataal is pleased to announce our second co-curated group exhibition with Brooklyn creative space Red Hook Labs. On view from 4 to 14 May, New African Photography II features nine contemporary artists whose work engages with present-day Africa. The selected artists will be showing new, personal bodies of work addressing issues of representation and celebrating fresh perspectives on the continent.  Spanning documentary, fashion and portrait photography, as well as video and performance, the exhibition hopes to tell modern narratives that surprise, captivate and inspire.

The line-up includes Girma Berta (Ethiopia), Kadara Enyeasi (Nigeria), Cyndia Harvey (UK), Nadine Ijewere (UK), Mimi Cherono Ng'ok (Kenya), Nobukho Nqaba (South Africa), Wura-Natasha Ogunji (Nigeria), Willam Ukoh (Canada) and Kyle Weeks (South Africa).

New African Photography II follows the success of the inaugural curatorial collaboration between Nataal and Red Hook Labs in 2016. US Vogue called the exhibition “a journey into the rich visual culture of Africa” while i-D hailed the line-up as “the new generation of talent changing the face of African photography.” This latest show hopes to build upon these achievements by supporting a larger and more diverse roll call of exceptional image-makers.

The opening evening on May 4, from 6-9pm, will feature music by Xander Ferreira (Happy Show DJs) and a performance piece by Wura-Natasha Ogunji. Special programming around the show, as follows:

1:54 VIP curatorial tour of The Eye of Modern Mali led by André Magnin and Philippe Boutté:
May 5, 2017, 4.30pm-5pm

1:54 VIP curatorial tour of New African Photography II led by Helen Jennings:
May 5, 2017, 5pm-6pm

Artists talk moderated by Sara Hemming: May 6, 2017, 2-4pm

Students’ workshop with New African Photography II artists: May 7, 2017, 3pm-5pm

Malick Sidibé, Regardez-moi !, 1962, © Malick Sidibé, Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

A concurrent solo exhibition of the late Malian photographer, Malick Sidibé, in celebration of his iconic career, will be jointly presented at Red Hook Labs in association with 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair and MAGNIN-A, Paris. The Eye of Modern Mali will feature 37 works by the artist, acclaimed for his black and white images chronicling the lives and culture of the Malian capital in the wake of the country’s independence.  

Sidibé is historically recognised, while artists featured in New African Photography II offer the voice of contemporary Africa. ‬Here at Nataal we are thrilled to be keeping such distinguished company.

Nataal: New African Photography II, 4-14 May, and Malick Sidibé: The Eye of Modern Mali, 4-7 May, at Red Hook Labs, 133 Imlay St, Brooklyn, New York, open 10am-6pm daily

Read about last year’s New African Photography exhibition here


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Published on 14/04/2017