EVENT|INAUGURAL AFROSHOOT EVENT@THE OTHERS, STOKE NEWINGTON 10TH JUNE 2016
Afroshoot @Afroshoot is a platform created with the mission to celebrate the work of photographers from Africa or of African descent whose pictures of Africa and Africans and the world as a whole are of an AfriKan-centred vision and a direct repudiation of mainstream media images of Africa, thus creating a different vision, narrative and perspective of Africa. The creation of Lisa Aissaoui and Tiffany Kamagate, who have been supported by the Centre of African Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), their debut event with photography under the theme of ‘Communication’ was held at the Others in Stoke Newington and was a synergistic heart-warming happening.
As well as photographic contributions from the two founders of Afroshoot, the exhibition featured photos from @DavidKwawMensah, whose portraiture of contemporary African women portrays images of modernity, self-confidence, individuality and resourcefulness, Alun Be with his contrast-heavy depictions of colourful yet spacious Cuban (as part of the Afrikan diaspora) cityscapes and Logo Oluwamuyiwa’s @NataalMedia @_Logor monochrome, textural and gritty, almost industrial and documentary representations of life in Lagos, Nigeria.
Sanna Arman@SannaArman a spoken word artist of Sudanese origin from Nairobi provided some powerful spitting rhymes about life there, how the political and financial elite pursue their own agenda to the detriment of all other sectors of society with the hopeful note on the resilience of the ordinary Kenyan in the face of everyday hardship.
The highlight of the evening was a set by the extremely talented Burkinabe griot Moussa Coulibaly, a skilled and engaging player of the balafon and ngoni and his Madoube music group. In his set he and his band played complex Manding rhythms mixed with backing from European instruments, a sheer delight and it got the crowd moving to all sorts of different grooves!
This really was a creative and affirming night with a big variety of exciting and progressive contemporary artistic talent on show and a very promising beginning for Afroshoot.