Kadara Enyeasi is a gifted self-taught photographer, who uses his work – mostly portraits – to explore issues of sexuality, identity and human psychology.
While Enyeasi, a graduate of Architecture from the University of Lagos, focuses on photography, he is actually a multidisciplinary artist whose creativity spans various fields – from sculpture to digital art – and at only 23 years old, he’s already been heavily dubbed “one to watch” in the Nigerian art scene.
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The black-and-white self-portraits of the Lagos, Nigeria-based Kadara Enyeasi, from his 2014 Human Encounters Series, are, according to Jennings, “all about using the body as a landscape. When I interviewed him about the images he said they were about trying to use them to work out how he presents himself to the world.” The theme of representation is also found in Kenyan photographer Mimi Cherono Ng’ok’s sensitive scenes of people, animals, and landscapes from across the continent. “Untitled III,” a photograph of a man lying in a bed with an arm covering his face, and “Untitled VII,” of a white horse with blond hair standing alone on a beach, evoke a strong sense of home and deal with issues of displacement and loss. They open up the continent beyond its stereotypes, asking the viewer, What does look like Africa in moments of stillness?
New African Photography II also features fashion photography that speak to an increasing sense of self across the vast continent. In a series of photographs on display, the British portrait and fashion photographer Nadine Ijewere returns to her grandmother’s homeland of Nigeria to capture a number of local models. The chicly clad subjects provide a snapshot of Lago’s youthful, fashionable energy. Avant-garde images like “Joseph’s Floral Halo,” “Olasunkanmi Bumblebee Portrait,” and “Tolani’s green Jacket Portrait,” shot in the streets of Lagos and styled by Ib Karmara, mix Western dress with local appliances, shopping bags, and yellow and black caution tape, to create a statement about beauty and the politics of place.