Aïcha Fall, Yannis Davy Guibinga, Morgan Otagburuagu and Shitanda

14 Cavendish, London, United Kingdom
23 Jul 2021 - 13 Aug 2021

Shitanda, Mind and Body. Courtesy of the artist.

Shitanda, Mind and Body. Courtesy of the artist.

Doyle Wham, the UK’s first contemporary African photography gallery, is delighted to collaborate with 14 Cavendish to present a group exhibition showcasing four exciting photographers from Nigeria, Kenya, Gabon and Côte d’Ivoire against a unique architectural backdrop. The exhibition runs from the 23rd of July to the 13th of August.

Offering a rare insight into current photographic trends emerging from the African continent and its diaspora, a new series by Aïcha Fall, Yannis Davy Guibinga, Morgan Otagburuagu and Shitanda will enjoy its worldwide debut with Doyle Wham x 14 Cavendish. This will mark the most extensive presentation of these artists to date, bringing together a total of fifty artworks. Each artist employs the use of photographic portraiture to subvert the traditional narratives that surround their home countries and continent, while simultaneously dissolving the outdated boundaries drawn between art, fashion and photography.

The show strikingly marries the historic and the contemporary by pairing these colourful works with the architectural grandeur of 14 Cavendish, a 1770 Grade II listed mansion on the north side of Cavendish Square. Newly opened as a unique events space, each floor has been gutted and stripped to its core, revealing the rich patina of the building’s peeling walls.

Yannis Davy Guibinga (b.1995, Libreville, Gabon) is a master storyteller whose work explores the manifold identities and cultures of Africa and its diaspora. Guibinga’s narrative prowess, combined with his incisive eye for composition and colour, has enabled him to establish an extensive and remarkable portfolio which has led to collaborations with brands including Apple and Nikon. @yannisdavy

Morgan Otagburuagu (b. 1997, Port Harcourt, Nigeria) is a Lagos-based photographer whose powerful and experimental imagery celebrates the strength of Black bodies and the iridescent beauty of Black skin. He aims to share undocumented aspects of his home country with the world, ranging from stunning seascapes to the hidden sides
of masculinity. @theginstarp

Aïcha Fall (b. 1991, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire) is a pioneering photographer who explores and creates links between her identity, culture and personal traditions through her art practice. As both an African woman and a graduate in African language and studies, Fall embraces the responsibility of representing her culture, continent, heritage and community. @aichfa

Shitanda (b.1997, Nairobi, Kenya) is a visual artist whose practice showcases the culture, lifestyle and beauty of his locality and its people, incorporating primarily Kenyan subjects, models and materials. Each piece is vividly rendered with the visible granular detailing creating the impression of a painting’s textured surface. @_shitanda_




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