The View From Here showcases work by seven emerging photographers from Africa and its diasporas around the world, some of whom are presenting their work in London for the first time. Though the featured artists are diverse in their approaches and make use of a range of photographic techniques, the common thread of the show at Tiwani Contemporary is their response to a shifting sense of identity in the face of the forces of globalisation and a worldwide climate of widespread economic, social, and political instability.
The works on show examine the tensions between personal narratives and collective history, memory and the present; and the complex relationship between the self and the sense of place. They also represent a photographic practice which is open to other media, such as performance, installation, moving image and text.
Of the seven, Abraham Oghobase (Nigeria) was a Prix Pictet finalist in 2014, while Andrew Esiebo (Nigeria) was nominated for the prize in 2012. In 2010, Esiebo was amongst 16 photojournalists selected for the Road to Twenty Ten project to provide alternative stories from the World Cup in South Africa.
Namsa Leuba, who is half Guinean and half Swiss, was awarded the PhotoGlobal Prize at the 2012 Fashion and Photography Festival and the Magenta Foundation Emerging Photographers Award in 2013. Délio Jasse (born in Angola, now lives in Portugal) was a finalist in the BES Photo Prize in 2014, and will be part of the official selection for the Angolan Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015). He experiments with processes including cyanotype, platinum and palladium printing.
South Africa’s Lebohang Kganye’s work is based on exploring her family history and she was awarded the Tierney Fellowship in 2012. Mimi Cherono Ng’ok (Kenya) considers issues of home, displacement, loss and identity and her recent exhibitions include Savvy Contemporary, Germany (2014) and the National Museum of Nairobi (2013).
Dawit L. Petros (born in Eritrea, based in New York) examines the relationship between African histories and European modernism. Recent exhibitions include The Studio Museum in Harlem (2014) and the Lianzhou International Photo Festival, China (2011).
Opening during the international photography fair Photo London, all seven featured artists rise to the challenge of creating a photographic language which can capture the global realities of 21st century life.
The View From Here, until 27 June, Tiwani Contemporary, 16 Little Portland Street, London.
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1. Délio Jasse, Pontus, 2012. Watercolour and photographic emulsion on Fabriano paper, 70 x 100cm, Edition of 1 +1AP. Courtesy of Tiwani Contemporary.