Looking at Africa through a female lens

Looking at Africa through a female lens

The female photographers redefining the continent.

[A]ll eyes are on Africa right now when it comes to creativity. Over the past few years, African photographers have been redefining fashion and portraiture on their own terms, presenting a richly nuanced portrayal of the continent that is a world away from the stereotypes of the past.

Focusing on the female talents shaping Africa’s visual culture today, New African Photography III is a captivating new exhibition co-curated by digital platform Nataal and Brooklyn creative space Red Hook Labs. The all female line-up includes work from South Africa’s Alice Mann, Mali’s Fatoumata Diabaté and Angola’s Keyezua, all united by a fresh aesthetic and optimistic approach to portraiture. The exhibition coincides with the launch of Nataal’s new print magazine which covers fashion, music, culture, film and arts through the lens of modern Africa.

For Nataal co-founder Helen Jennings, the decision to focus on female photographers was a natural next step. “We work with so many talented women on Nataal’s digital platform and new print magazine that the time was right to highlight some of them at Labs. Seen together, their female gaze offers a nuanced and sensitive approach to their subjects while touching on messages related to representation, gender and identity.”

Explore some of the imagery that will on display below, and find out more about Nataal and the exhibition. 

New African Photography III will run at Brooklyn’s Red Hook Labs from May 4th – 13th 2018 with a series of talks and screenings to coincide with the exhbtion

Alice Mann - Drummies series, 2017

Ronan-Mckenzie, - Elizabeth, from the series GIRLS, 2017

Rahima Gambo - Ruth, Amina and the three Aishas play 'In and Out', 2017

Ruth Ossai - X Mowalao

Fatoumata Diabaté - Kara et ses oreilles, 2012, from the series L_homme en Animal