Kadara Enyeasi Contemporary African Photography Highlighted 2020 MoMAA
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How best can Contemporary African Photographers Highlighted 2020 ? How would you capture a spirit of a country? Through Art, culture and opportunity of articulation of ideas. There is another new age of photographers that are giving  Africa a standard voice, speaking to a cutting edge landmass that is glancing forward in its standards and goals. Things have changed radically since Malick Sidibé first gave us his extraordinary representations during the 1970s of nearby Malians wearing bell-bottom Trousers and boubous. The new African Photographers are utilizing present day, computerized techniques to give their work an exceptional gravitas and vision. They are capturing striking pictures of regular daily existence that are being seen everywhere throughout the world thanks to the new digital age and the world wide web. The following 3 Photographers lead the way in capturing this trend.

Girma Birta

Ethiopian photographer Girma Birta (Instagram @gboxcreativewas self-taught. His photographs are very expressionistic, bordering on avant-garde – they almost look like paintings, the backdrops hidden with vibrant colour. The street scenes that he captured of Addis Ababa in Moving Images II of a mother and daughter were particularly striking, fusing fine art with modern photography techniques. When the blockage to Eritrea was lifted in June 2018, Birta was one of the first photographers to travel there to photograph the people. His Asmara series documents this visit in a poignant and unique way. Birta’s use of digital media shows just how important it is for young African artists to have a clear voice in this changing society.

Girma Birta Contemporary African Photographers Highlighted 2020 MoMAA
Girma Birta Contemporary African Photographers Highlighted 2020

Kibuuka Mukisa Oscar

Kibuuka Mukisa Oscar ( Instagram @kibuukaphotography) is a Ugandan born citizen of the world, an unconventional self-taught photographer and artist living and working in Kampala, Uganda. His work has a native influence from the youth and hiphop culture, people, social motivational causes and diverse forms of expression. Coming from a well expressive drawing family, Kibuuka Mukisa’s  heart belongs to the community and social work, He chooses to use photography as a tool to spread the message and share joy but also to develop a profession, artistic-expression and self-discovery. He evolved the motto “give a smile to the world” which he wishes to portray and share through his work.

Kibuuka Mukisa Oscar Contemporary African Photographers Highlighted 2020 MoMAA
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Kadara Enyeasi

Kadara Enyeasi  is a young Nigerian artist who studied architecture before turning his talents to creating images that span fashion, art. He was born in Lagos and has  became well-known for his striking black and white portraits from his Human Encounters series in 2014. He originally studied architecture, before turning his talents to photography. His self-portraits are an intimate way of perceiving himself and interpreting the environment that he lives in. Recently Enyeasi’s work has progressed into social documentary, with a particular interest in the way people on the streets gesture and interact with one another. He feels that particularly in Lagos people put on more of a show, rather than being their natural selves. Enyeasi often takes fashion commissions from brands in Ghana and Nigeria, juxtaposing colours and textures, and experimenting with silhouette.

Kadara Enyeasi Contemporary African Photography Highlighted 2020 MoMAA
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Dr. Abigail Adeyemi, art historian, curator, and writer with over two decades of experience in the field of African and diasporic art. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Oxford, where her research focused on contemporary African artists and their impact on the global art scene. Dr. Adeyemi has worked with various prestigious art institutions, including the Tate Modern and the National Museum of African Art, curating numerous exhibitions that showcase the diverse talents of African and diasporic artists. She has authored several books and articles on African art, shedding light on the rich artistic heritage of the continent and the challenges faced by contemporary African artists. Dr. Adeyemi's expertise and passion for African art make her an authoritative voice on the subject, and her work continues to inspire and inform both scholars and art enthusiasts alike.

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