Africa Pop Studio

Africa Pop Studio explores the rich traditions and variations within African studio portraiture and considers its impact on the broader diaspora. Positioning Malick Sidibé as a source and touchstone for a new generation of artists such as Hassan Hajjaj and Mickalene Thomas, the exhibition evokes the mood of an African photography studio — a space of vibrant pattern and posed bodies.
Each piece adds its own voice to create a broader conversation in the ‘studio’ and the exhibition looks at the power of Afro-Pop across disciplines, including fashion, music, poetry, and design. Africa Pop Studio culminates in an evening of music, dance, spoken word, and West African fashions, on Saturday April 22.
Tang Museum Student Interview: Hannah Traore ‘17
Hannah Traore ‘17 on curating “Africa Pop Studio,” her senior thesis project.
Exhibition Name
Africa Pop Studio
Exhibition Type
Student Curated
Group Exhibitions
Place
Payne Room
Dates
Apr 1, 2017 - Apr 23, 2017
Curators
Africa Pop Studio is curated by Hannah Traore ‘17.
Artists
Derrick Adams, Atong Atem, Omar Victor Diop, Phyllis Galembo, Hassan Hajjaj, Namsa Leuba, Zanele Muholi, Aida Muluneh, Malick Sidibé, Mickalene Thomas, Kehinde Wiley
Student Staff
Hannah Traore
Student Advisory Council
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