Al Jazeera English will premiere a new 6-episode series on Artscape, titled The New African Photography, which will document changes across the continent through the eyes of its photographers, in an effort to “take back control” of images of Africa with more nuanced, varied depictions of the continent, instead of the extremes we often get. Expect nods to pioneers like Malick Sidibé and autodidact Seydou Keïta.
The six episodes (one of which was executive produced by Viva Riva director Djo Munga) will premiere on April 22.
1. Invisible Borders (22 April 2013) Nigerian Emeka Okereke is the founder of Invisible Borders, an annual photographic project that takes African artists on a road trip across the continent. Invisible Borders follows Emeka and fellow Nigerian photographer Lilian Novo on the most recent journey, from Nigeria through Cameroon and Gabon. Emeka says, “Everywhere we go in Africa, we see our generation talking about doing things for themselves. This is the time to actually go in and experiment.”
2. The Red Dress
(29 April 2013) Barbara Minishi is a leading fashion photographer in Kenya. For her latest project, Barbara swapped skinny models for normal people, photographing a wide range of women all wearing the same red dress, as a symbol of unity and national identity in the aftermath of the 2007 post-election violence in which more than 1 000 Kenyans were killed.MORE