Remi Onabanjo

Remi Onabanjo is a scholar and curator of photography and contemporary art from Africa & the African Diaspora.

Monochrome Lagos

Lagos is known for being an assault to the senses: Swarms of bright yellow danfos…

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Redefining Diaspora in Harlem

In “Our Kind of People” (image above) the Harlem-based artist Bayeté Ross Smith examines how clothing, ethnicity and gender affect our ideas about identity, personality and character. Devoid of any context for assessing the personality of the individual in the photograph, each photograph forces the viewer to face his or her own cultural biases. Ross Smith was one of ten Harlem-based artists and ten Columbia University students working together across diverse mediums, interests and cultural backgrounds for the month-long exhibition, “Bridging Boundaries: Redefining Diaspora” through much of February and early March.

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