The vision for the exhibition was born from a conversation between founder and designer of African Lens, Aaron Yeboah and curator of Nubuke Foundation, Bianca Ama Manu.
Yeboah was elated with the talent captured in African Lens Volume 4, and Bianca urgently wanted to showcase it in Accra to have a physical space in Ghana that inaugurated the latest volume. Yeboah comments that ‘Volume 4 of African Lens is a celebration of incredibly talented African photographers who are female; it is deeply dear to my heart, and I say with conviction that there have to be more platforms that honour the creative expression of African female talent.’
Bianca is delighted to have curated an edited collection of photographs taken from the latest print edition. The photographers selected for the showcase include Heather Agyepong, Hilina Abebe, Lyra Aoko and Jessica Sarkodie. I am jubilant about showcasing such a vibrant and vivacious range of images depicting Imams going to Saras within the Sierra Leonean community visualized in striking monochromatic tones by Adama Jalloh; Danish-born Somali photographer Amaal Said who presents Muslim women against resplendent backgrounds of fuchsia, rich reds and deep purples; Ghanaian-British photographer Heather Agyepong who explores Lady Sarah Forbes Bonetta, a West African adopted goddaughter of Queen Victoria who came to live in England at a young age; Ethiopian self-taught documentary photographer Hilina Abebe as she captures the life of a young woman in who earns a living from shining shoes to take care of her daughter amongst many others.
Through an assortment of styles and colour palettes, an incredible range of stories and perspectives are wonderfully illustrated and deserve to be shared in a physical space. The exhibition continues untill 29th April 2018.
Thanks to exhibition sponsor: Oriaikhi-Sao Foundation
Curated by Bianca Ama Manu
Vision by Aaron Yeboah, African Lens
African Lens Volume 4: Celebration of African Female Photographers