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African Beauty - The Africa Centre

Exhibition preview

CAPITAL Culture Gallery, in collaboration with The Africa Centre, is presenting African Beauty, a photographic exhibition by photographer John Kenny, at the Covent Garden venue from Friday, May 24 to Sunday, June 9, 2013.

Africa’s visual culture has long been an influence on global fashion. On the catwalk, tribal influences are often showcased in the collections of couture houses such as Balenciaga and Dior.

This exhibition of stunning monochrome and colour portraits reveals the vibrant jewellery, delicate body art, beautiful fabrics and intricate hairstyles that decorate traditional groups from across Africa.

Africa is a continent which is home to as many ethnic groups as the rest of the world combined. Seven years in the making, John Kenny has travelled through a myriad of countries in East, West and Southern Africa to create a powerful collection of photographs.

The exhibition illustrates the remarkable ways that people in traditional communities engage with material culture to express their identity.

From the fringes of the Sahara to the Great Rift Valley, and south to the arid communities of Angola and Namibia, Kenny’s photographs are an important journey into social status, creativity and sense of identity that lies behind the powerful and unique aesthetic of traditional village life.

Admission: Free.

Opening Hours: Mondays – closed; Tuesday to Friday 12 to 7pm; weekends 12 to 5.30pm.

The Africa Centre, 38 King Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8JT

Websites: www.john-kenny.com/ and www.capitalculture.eu/