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African Portraits: 6 October – 19 November 2016

African Portraits, a group show at HackelBury Fine Art features works by the renowned late artists Malick Sidibé, Seydou Keïta and J. D. Okhai Ojeikere and includes contemporary artists Aida Muluneh and Omar Victor Diop.


Omar Victor Diop - installation image - self portrait photographs at HackelBury Fine Art London

“Soccer is an interesting global phenomenon that for me often reveals where society is in terms of race. When you look at the way that the African soccer royalty is perceived in Europe, there is a very interesting blend of glory, hero-worship and exclusion. Every so often, you get racist chants or banana skins thrown on the pitch and the whole illusion of integration is shattered in the most brutal way. It’s that kind of paradox I am investigating in the work.” – Omar Victor Diop


Aida Muluneh 99 part 3 slideshow image

“Each image is an exploration of questions about life, love, and history. These explorations take the form of pictures of bodies, but they are bodies re-imagined… Each work is a reflection of conscious and subconscious manifestations of time and space.”  – Aida Muluneh


JD Ojeikere - installation shot at HackelBury Fine Art London - two photographs - braided hair patterns

“All these hairstyles are ephemeral and I want my photographs to be memorable traces of them. I have always wanted to record moments of beauty, moments of knowledge. Art is life. Without art, life would be frozen.” – J.D. Okhai Ojeikere


Seydou Keita-lovely daughter-photograph of father and child-HackelBury Fine Art London

“That’s the way I began, from scratch, with no training and that German-made camera, a Kodak Brownie. I really felt that I would become a photographer, and since then, I’ve done everything possible to be a good one.” – Seydou Keïta


Malick Sidibe-The Arrival of Sacko Abdoulaye-HackelBury Fine Art-black and white photograph of a man and a woman dressed up

Gelatin silver print
50 x 60 cm

I believe in the power of images. That’s why I’ve invested my whole soul in them, my whole heart, to make my subjects more beautiful.” – Malick Sidibé