A New Multiculturalism Exploring Tradition And Self Through Fashion And Photography In Harlem

February 7, 2024

The Africa Center in Harlem is pleased to present A New Multiculturalism: Exploring Tradition and Self through Fashion and Photography, an exhibition of rising Senegalo-American artists Assane and Mo.

Two of the most resounding voices of tomorrow, Assane and Mo are a New York-based artistic duo committed to reshaping today’s discourses on notions of belonging, access, and thought production in and around “fine” art.

Referencing the compositions of Malian photographer Malick Sidibé, and taking inspiration from Senegalese filmmakers Moussa Touré (La Pirogue, 2012) and Joseph Gaï Ramaka (Karmen Geï, 2001), the duo’s daring artistic practice explores what multiculturalism, diasporic movements, and the evolution of culture mean to a generation that emerged in the early 2000s, ushered by the sounds of Mos Def, Usher, and Kendrick Lamar.

Produced and co-curated by Farima Kone Kito, this exhibition includes 21 photos by fine art photographer Assane, each subject styled by Mo.

Standing as a reclamation of the universal right to imagination and an audacious testimony to the search for self, this photo series is arranged into 5 acts—Uncertain Yet Sovereign, Daring to Reacquaint, The Core, Settled and Resolute, and Converging Yet Full—.


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This installation was made possible with the support of The Africa Center in Harlem, and realized by architectural designer Kadia Bah.

 February 10, 2024, 6 PM—9 PM. Entry with RSVP, Regular visiting hours to be announced. 
 
The Africa Center at Aliko Dangote Hall, 1280 Fifth Avenue, Harlem, NY 10029 United States (map), theafricacenter.org

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