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‘Afro-Portraitism’ Is the New Black Art Movement You Need to Know – Okay Africa

‘Afro-Portraitism’ Is the New Black Art Movement You Need to Know – Okay Africa A big part of creating unity in a culture relies on bringing people together and collaborating. While there are many traditional forms of collaboration, young people within the diaspora are finding unique ways to elevate imagery and representation of African people.

Hamed Maiye, African Art, Art Movement, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

Artist and curator Hamed Maiye is using his project, Afro-Portraitism, as a way to bring artist of different mediums together to explore the art of portraiture within the African diaspora. Afro-Portraitism uses self-representation as a way to express the complexity of the black identity and how it cannot be seen only through one light or from one perspective. Maiye has teamed up with stylist Umps Machaka, photographers Hannah Faith, Liz Knuckles and White Negatives, as well as videographer Tunde Awoyemi to use his paintings as a way to promote further exploration of his painted characters through photography and film.

The exhibition, which is co-curated by Nicole Crentsil and Annabelle Nguyen, is an extension of the original project and collaborates with more artists to explore what self expression means to each of them. Afro-Portraitism will take place at The Gallery at Republic in London on April 21 and 22.

Hamed Maiye, African Art, Art Movement, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

Hamed Maiye, African Art, Art Movement, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

Hamed Maiye, African Art, Art Movement, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN


Republic is a six acre commercial and retail estate located in East London.

The estate features a newly built multipurpose gallery space which can be utilised for a variety of events, including art and photography exhibitions, talks, presentations and screenings.

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The Gallery at Republic is offered free of charge and on the criteria of creative merit and / or financial need.

Republic is committed to involving the wider arts community from across London, however we particularly welcome proposals for the use of the gallery from individuals and organisations based in the East. (The Gallery at Republic in London).


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