An exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, northern Spain, aims to show how a new generation of Africans are giving the world a fresh perspective on their continent. Making Africa brings together the work of 120 artists and designers. It includes Senegalese photographer Omar Victor Diop’s whose work focuses on the personalities who make up the booming cultural scene in his country. He works with his subjects, like artist Mame-Diarra Niang shown here, to bring out their personalities through the props and the pose. See image below
Mozambican photographer Mario Macilau aims to capture the hip youth of his country’s capital, Maputo. As well as portraying contemporary fashion the pictures also refer back to the heyday of African studio photography, the exhibition catalogue says.
The work of tailor Ikire Jones is celebrated in this print imagining Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos, more than six decades in the future. The sharply dressed man in the foreground is described in the catalogue as a tailor’s apprentice who wants to make clothes for the citizens of a new Africa.
Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru creates items out of discarded objects. He has made a series of wearable spectacle sculptures to challenge the way we look at things – as a reference to how Africa can often be perceived in a negative light.
Kenyan Wangechi Mutu’s short film The End of Eating Everything is a critique of our consumer society. The film shows a Medusa-like figure – played by singer Santigold – eating a swarm of birds. She eventually implodes, giving birth to numerous female heads, the catalogue says.
The Making Africa exhibition is on at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, until 21 February.