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PORTRAIT SERIES

(SINCE 2012)

Oumy Ndour - Journalist, TV Anchor, Movie Director

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Sashakara Dieng - Model, Actress

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Art Comes First - Fashion Designers, Visual Artist

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AMINATA FAYE - Model

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MARIAMA TOURÉ - Journalist, Founder & CEO of a Dance Academy

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JOEL ANDRIANOMEARISOA - Visual Artist

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IBRAHIMA THIAM - Photographer

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ALI BETA - Singer, Musician

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OLATOUNDJI MARYAM ROSE - Pharmacist, Make Up Artist

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FABRICE MONTEIRO - Photographer

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AMY SARR - Cultural Activist, Book Seller

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ALEXIS PESKINE - Visual Artist

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AISSATOU SÈNE - Designer, Fashion Entrepreneur

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MANDEN L'ORIGINAL - Blogger

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MILO - Fashion Designer

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JOEL ADAMA GUEYE - Singer, Composer, Model

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KHADY NIANG - Make-Up Artist

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KEN AÏCHA SY - Blogger, Music Label Owner

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AÏCHA DÈME - Cultural Columnist

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JIMMY JEAN-LOUIS - Actor

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ADAMA PARIS - Designer, Fashion Entrepreneur

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ZEPHERIN SAINT - DJ, Producer

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JOJO FLORES - DJ, Producer

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TAMSIR NDIR - DJ, Chef

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DOBET GNAORÉ - Singer, Dancer

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GAËLLE VANESSA PRUDENCIO - Fashion Blogger

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CHIARA BARISON - Phd, University Professor, TV Presenter

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BODDHI SATVA - DJ, Producer

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SABINE BLAIZIN - DJ, Producer

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GAËL MONGO - Singer, Vocal Coach

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JEAN CHARLES DRUCK - Model, Actor

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BAAY SOOLEY & LAURE TAROT - Fashion Designers

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LAURE TAROT - Fashion Designer

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BAAY SOOLEY - Fashion Designer

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GUILLAUME BASSINET - Photographer

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ELISE ATANGANA - Independent Curator

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THIERNO NDIAYE - Model, Fashion Designer, Actor

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SELLY RABY KANE & MAMADOU DIALLO - Fashion Designer & Journalist

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SELLY RABY KANE - Fashion Designer

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MAMADOU DIALLO - Journalist

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TAMSIR NDIR - Dj, Chef

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THE STUDIO OF VANITIES
Staged Portraits of Africa's Contemporary Urban Scene.

These are the fresh faces of the continent's urban culture. They are black, arabs, caucasian, asian...it doesn't matter. They are creative and ambitious, but most importantly, they dedicate their everyday lives to making their dreams a reality. In this series, the objective is to portray a generation which endeavours to showcase the African urban universe and its blossoming art production and exchanges.

 

The intent is to go beyond the strictly asthetic depiction of a beautiful youth... Every portrait is the outcome of a collaboration between the sitter and the photographer.

 

 

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Portraits posés de la scène culturelle Africaine


Voici les nouveaux visages des cultures urbaines du continent. Ils sont noirs, arabes, blancs, qu’importe. Ils sont créatifs et ambitieux, mais surtout, ils travaillent à faire de leurs visions une réalité. Je dresse le portrait d’une génération qui oeuvre à positionner l’urbain africain en tant que creuset de la création contemporaine, lieu d'échanges et de production.

Il s’agit ici d’aller au delà de l’exercice purement représentatif qui veut que chaque portrait soit l’« immortalisation » d’un sourire niaisement endimanché. La démarche est collaborative, en ce sens que le sujet et moi même assemblons des indices vestimentaires et décoratifs porteurs d’affirmations identitaires, de translations sociales, de «sartorial statements».

Bienvenue dans ce Studio des Vanités. Ici, paraître, c’est déjà une façon d’être. Les vanités qui se laissent éclore ici sont joueuses, optimistes et conquérantes. Elles offrent au monde ce dont il les a nourri : une âme créole.