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'Fortia (7), 2017 by Keyezua. Image courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery.

These Photographers From Africa and Its Diaspora Expose the Complex Link Between Black Stereotypes and Black Reality

"Refraction: New Photography of Africa and Its Diaspora" opens at Steven Kasher Gallery April 19 in NYC.

Refraction: New Photography of Africa and Its Diaspora is a photo exhibition that will present a generation of photographic artists of African descent born in the 1970s through the 1990s. Premiering on Thursday, April 19 at Steven Kasher Gallery in NYC, these 12 artists, who reside from all over the world, portray black bodies in acts of cultural meditation, revive the traditional African rites of masking, costuming, quilting, body ornamentation and invocation of spirits, through their work.

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Black Magic & Afrofuturism From The Diaspora Take Center Stage In Brooklyn Exhibition

'Black Magic: AfroPasts/AfroFutures' is on view at Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn.

For Brooklyn-based curator and anthropologist Niama Safia Sandy, afrofuturism isn't just some abstract concept. “It's what we live every day," she tells me at the opening of Lauryn Hill's Diaspora Calling! art exhibition. “It's not so much an interest as it is life."

Sandy is the curator of Brooklyn's newest spotlight on magical realism and afrofuturism in the Black Diaspora. The multi-disciplinary group show, a curatorial debut for Sandy, features photography, video installations, paintings and collages that explore “magical blackness" through the past and future of the Black Diaspora.

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Inside Ms. Lauryn Hill's 'Diaspora Calling!' Art Exhibition

Ms. Lauryn Hill spotlights art from the African diaspora at Brooklyn's historic Kings Theatre.

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