Nataal and Red Hook Labs announce an open call for entries for our third annual New African Photography exhibition in May 2018


Nataal is pleased to partnering with Red Hook Labs in Brooklyn for our third co-curated New African Photography exhibition in May 2018 - and this time we are making it an open call.

The annual group show brings together new bodies of work by contemporary artists who are engaged with telling new narratives about contemporary Africa. Spanning documentary, fashion and portrait photography, as well as video, the exhibition celebrates fresh perspectives on the continent.


Our first two shows featured both emerging and established talents from Africa and its diaspora including Kristin-Lee Moolman, Lakin Ogunbanwo, Atong Atem, Kyle Weeks, Girma Berta, Nadine Ijewere, Kadara Enyeasi, Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, Namsa Leuba and Delphine Diaw Diallo. Their selected works garnered international press coverage. US Vogue called the exhibition “a journey into the rich visual culture of Africa” while i-D said it brought together “the new generation of talent changing the face of African photography.”

For our 2018 edition, we welcome exceptional image-makers to submit their portfolios, accompanied by personal statements, to be considered for the show.

Jurors include Jimmy Moffat, founder of Red Hook Labs, co-founder of Art+Commerce and co-chair of SVA MPS Fashion Photography Program; Sara Hemming, creative director of Nataal and Helen Jennings, editorial director of Nataal.

Selected artists will be on view at Red Hook Labs, Brooklyn, XXX – XXX dates, to coincide with Frieze and 1:54 art fairs, with all works for sale.

The show will be promoted by an opening party, plus a series of talks and workshops. It will also travel to Johannesburg in 2018 and be extensively featured in Nataal.

Red Hook Labs is a public-benefit corporation located in Red Hook, Brooklyn and Downtown Los Angeles, dedicated to establishing creative communities and self-sustaining businesses in developing areas. Through its unique relationship with creative industries and commitment to education, events, and programming, it is able to connect education and continuing skills training to mentorship, internships and job placement. Labs is comprised of four individual Labs: Studio, Production, Gallery, and School. Each combine to make for a truly diverse and dynamic space.

Artists interested in applying to New African Photography 2018 should email their work to: by XXXX DATE FOR DEADLINE XXX.

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Published on 08/12/2017