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Nigerian Visual Artist Uche Okpa-Iroha Inserts Himself Into 'The Godfather'

Nigerian visual artist Uche Okpa-Iroha digitally inserts himself into stills from 'The Godfather' for 'The Plantation Boy' photoproject.

The Plantation Boy by Nigerian photographer and visual artist Uche Okpa-Iroha, which we spotted via the Guardian, is a photo manipulation series depicting the digital insertion of the artist into key scenes from Francis Ford Coppola's seminal gangster film The Godfather. Okpa-Iroha created the conceptual series in 2012 with the intention of paying tribute to The Godfather's 40th anniversary while questioning the film's racial myopia and addressing on a larger scale issues of identity and representation within mass media. Though his Plantation Boy character primarily exists on the fringes of the Corleone family in each scene, Okpa-Iroha seamlessly inhabits a number of different roles alongside the original cast. As bartender, well-wisher, wedding guest and even friend, the Plantation Boy's presence bears witness to the possibilities of diverse casting and the overwhelming whiteness of classic cinema. As the artist himself puts it:

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