152. The World As I See It

A new school of African Pho­tog­ra­phers cu­rated by Si­mon­etta Gian­fe­lici

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“As the cu­ra­tor of the ITC Eth­i­cal Fash­ion Ini­tia­tive Pin­ter­est ac­count and as a tal­ent scout, I am con­stantly on the look­out for new tal­ent. Ar­chi­tec­ture, fash­ion, pho­tog­ra­phy, art and de­sign are cre­ative spheres that record, pro­mote and shape con­tem­po­rary cul­ture and re­flect so­cial change. My strong in­ter­est in visual arts has led me to this project, where I want to cel­e­brate the work of young African Pho­tog­ra­phy tal­ent. The im­age se­lec­tion at­tempts to present an al­ter­na­tive nar­ra­tive of the African con­ti­nent – one that dis­tances it­self from the tainted images of the con­ti­nent which have come to dom­i­nate the oc­ci­den­tal imag­i­nary. Th­ese pho­tog­ra­phers, fol­low­ing their own vi­sion, trans­late the cre­ative and cul­tural pro­cesses they en­counter through their lens. In this process, they re-es­tab­lish the African aes­thetic and the per­cep­tion of the en­tire con­ti­nent. Thus, the pho­tog­ra­phers por­tray an Africa of di­ver­sity, full of tal­ent, in­trin­sic dif­fer­ences and sto­ries.” Si­mon­etta Gian­fe­lici

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