The UK’s first contemporary African photography gallery, the Doyle Wham in partnership with 14 Cavendish presents four African photographers through August 13, 2021 in a unique structural setting.
Aïcha Fall, Yannis Davy Guibinga, Morgan Otagburuagu, and Shitanda offer some 50 works that present an uncommon knowledge of current photographic models from the African continent and its diaspora. Each of the artists subverts the narratives surrounding their home nations and their continent, while dissolving the obsolete boundaries established between art, style, and photography.
This exhibition strikingly marries the remarkable with the contemporary by pairing these brilliant works with the design magnificence of 14 Cavendish, a Grade II listed mansion dating from 1770, located north of Cavendish Square. Recently opened as a special occasion space, each floor has been gutted and stripped to its core, uncovering the rich patina of the structure’s partitions.
The artists in the exhibition
Yannis Davy Guibinga, born in 1995 in Libreville, Gabon is an expert storyteller whose work focuses on the multiple identities and complex cultures of Africa and its diaspora. Yannis Davy Guibinga’s storytelling ability, coupled with his keen sense of synthesis and shading, has allowed him to build a vast and amazing portfolio, which has led him to collaborate with brands like Apple and Nikon.
Morgan Otagburuagu, born in 1997 in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, is a Lagos-based photographer whose stunning and experimental imagery praises the strength of black bodies and the magnificence of black skin. He hopes to share with the world undocumented parts of his home nation, from stunning seascapes to secret sides of masculinity.
Aïcha Fall, born in 1991 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, is a forward-thinking photographic artist who explores and makes connections between her identity, culture and customs through her photography practice. As an African and a graduate of African Languages and Studies, Aïcha Fall accepts the obligation to address her lifestyle, her continent, her heritage and her community.
Shitanda, born in 1997 in Nairobi, Kenya is a visual craftsman whose training highlights his culture, way of life and the magnificence of his locality and loved ones, fusing typically Kenyan subjects, patterns and materials. Each piece is delivered distinctly and is akin to a granularity of elements giving the impression of the finished surface of a painting.