Im­ages of Africans down un­der

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When one thinks of Aus­tralia, dark­skinned women in kan­gas prob­a­bly don’t come to mind, but pho­tog­ra­pher Atong Atem has cap­tured the im­agery of sec­on­dand third-gen­er­a­tion Africans liv­ing down un­der in a se­ries of re­mark­able por­traits.

The pho­to­graphs, which are rem­i­nis­cent of Ma­lik Sidibé’s Malian high­life im­ages, show the strong African iden­tity of the sub­jects in con­trast with their white, Western sur­round­ings. Atem is orig­i­nally from South Su­dan, but has spent most of her life in Aus­tralia.

At its heart, the pro­ject is about ne­go­ti­at­ing the hy­phen­ated iden­tity of­ten ex­pe­ri­enced by those in the African di­as­pora. – Binwe Ade­bayo

THE HY­PHEN­ATED IDEN­TITY Stu­dio pho­to­graph num­ber 6 by Atong Atem

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