Monash Gallery of Art, Victoria, Australia

Upcoming group exhibition entitled 'Fashioning Black Identity: Africa and the African Diaspora', 23 November 2019 - 9 February 2020. Including work by Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou.

FASHIONING BLACK IDENTITY Africa and the African Diaspora explores ways in which contemporary black African artists are using fashion, photography and portraiture to redefine personal and cultural identity. The exhibition brings together works by six prominent artists from Africa and the African diaspora who use photography and different spatial, corporal and temporal reference points as devices to explore and unpack perceptions of race and being.

Working in the medium of photography and sometimes in collaboration with other artists or a community, the artists use fashion as a complex device that can convey individual and collective identity, speak of resistance and remembering, underscore creative expression and raise issues of race consciousness. Shifting between time past, present and future, these artists capture real and imagined experiences and situations to redefine images of self and race.

October 18, 2019