VENUE: The Africa Centre - 38 King Street Covent Garden London WC2E 8JT
DATES: Friday 24th May – Sunday 9th June 2013
HOURS: Opening Hours - Mondays - Closed Tuesday - Friday 12 – 7pm Weekends 12-5.30pm
DIRECTIONS: Click here
The show opened last Wednesday and to get an idea of the work on display and the work you can read it here:
We have 2 talks coming up during the exhibit, both in aid of Survival International:
1st June 2pm-3pm 'African Beauty: Seven amazing stories behind the images'
5th June 7-8.30pm: 'What makes visual expression so spectacular in Africa?'
I'm working with my good friends and gallery representation Capital Culture andhave hopefully made this a beautifulshow. It shows lots of new work in colour, as well as some of my other favourites. I'm happy with what we achieved in the 'African Beauty' exhibition using pictures from throughout my seven years of visiting traditional groups across the whole of Sub-Saharan Africa.
The exhibition looks at how people in traditional societies relate to their culture through visual expresion and, as importantly, manage to express their individuality at the same time.
This exhibition of stunning monochrome and colour portraits reveals the vibrant jewellery, delicate body art, beautiful fabrics and intricate hairstyles that decorate traditional groups from across Africa.
This is a continent which is home to as many ethnic groups as the rest of the world combined. Seven years in the making, John Kenny has travelled through a myriad of African countries in East, West and Southern Africa to create a powerful collection of photographs.
The exhibition illustrates the remarkable ways that people in traditional communities engage with material culture to express their identity. From the fringes of the Sahara to the Great Rift Valley, and south to the arid communities of Angola and Namibia, Kenny’s photographs are an important journey into social status, creativity and sense of identity that lies behind the powerful and unique aesthetic of traditional village life.