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Opening Reception | Refraction

Steven Kasher Gallery
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Join us for the opening reception of Refraction: New Photography of Africa and its Diaspora! (http://bit.ly/2tUaN71)

Steven Kasher Gallery is proud to present Refraction: New Photography of Africa and its Diaspora. Refraction presents a generation of photographic artists of African descent born in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. They reside in Luanda, Paris, Philadelphia, Addis Ababa, New York and beyond. These artists portray Black bodies in acts of cultural mediation. They revive the traditional African rites of masking, costuming, quilting, body ornamentation and invocation of spirits. They refract those rituals through the lenses of contemporary art practices such as performative self portraiture, collage, montage and digital manipulation. They merge cultures past and present, looking towards a more inclusive, harmonious future.

Refraction is an ocular cleanse. The work of these artists bridges the gap between Black stereotypes Black and Black reality. The photographs in the exhibition navigate the complex relationship between innate identities and identities evolved from social, political and cultural influences. On a technical level, these artists are heralds of new dimensions in photography, bending, transmuting and pushing the medium.

Some artists in the exhibition record this world and some invent new ones with an eye to the conceptual, even fantastical. Their work blends fact and allegory, the real and the imagined, the present and the future. Their language is a mixed vocabulary of photography, sculpture and performance. Ranging from Afro-futurism to Afro-documentary, these photographs reclaim and re-connect a multitude of Black histories and identities.

The show features the work of:
Adama Delphone Fawundu
Basil Kincaid
Emilie Regnier
Eyerusalem Adugna Jirenga
Girma Berta
Hakeem Adewumi
Ivan Forde
Shawn Theodore
Stan Squirewell
Zarita Zevallos

The exhibition is curated by Steven Kasher Gallery Director Cassandra Johnson and Niama Safia Sandy, Independent Curator and Cultural Anthropologist. In conjunction with the exhibition AIPAD Talks will host a panel discussion with Niama Safia Sandy, Curator, and Artists Nona Faustine, Adama Delphine Fawundu, and Shawn Theodore on Sunday, April 8th from 1:30-2:30pm. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are only valid with same-day Show admission. Purchase your tickets today.