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The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion

Temporarily closed

Location: M7

Part of the inaugural Tasweer Photo Festival Qatar.

Tickets must be purchased online in advance of your visit.

The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion shows the work of African and African Diaspora image-makers based in creative centres including London and New York, and emerging fashion, design and photography hubs including Lagos and Johannesburg. Curated by Antwaun Sargent, American art critic and author of the book The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion (2019), organized by Aperture Foundation in New York in collaboration with Tasweer’s Artistic Director Charlotte Cotton with Sarah Foryame Lawler, Curatorial Assistant at Qatar Museums, the exhibition celebrates contemporary Black creativity and the cross-pollination between art, fashion and culture in constructing an image. It also presents new perspectives on the medium of photography and the notions of race and beauty, gender and power. 

The exhibition includes works by Campbell Addy, Arielle Bobb-Willis, Micaiah Carter, Awol Erizku, Nadine Ijewere, Quil Lemons, Namsa Leuba, Renell Medrano, Tyler Mitchell, Jamal Nxedlana, Daniel Obasi, Ruth Ossai, Adrienne Raquel, Dana Scruggs, and Stephen Tayo. It will be presented as part of the 2021 Qatar-United States Year of Culture; a multifaceted exchange that fosters dialogue and mutual appreciation among the people of Qatar and a partner nation, this year the USA, through a programme of dynamic cultural events and activations.  


M7 is Qatar’s dynamic hub for innovation and entrepreneurship in fashion, design and technology and a catalyst for creativity in people of all ages and backgrounds. M7 hosts exhibitions, performances, films, educational programmes, and public discussions and cultivates talent through expert mentorships, connecting Qatar’s innovators with influential creatives from around the world. The new five-story, 29,000-square-metre facility is located in the heart of Msheireb Downtown Doha, the mixed-use development that is reviving the city’s historic core as a sustainable live-work neighborhood.

Campbell Addy
Untitled, New York, 2018

Stylist: Alastair McKimm
Model: Adut Akech
Designer: Balenciaga
Published: i-D magazine, Fall 2018

Campbell Addy

Arielle Bobb-Willis
Union City, New Jersey, 2018

Stylist: Avena Gallagher
Model: Cranston Alexander
Makeup artist: Beau Derrick
Designers: Neil Barrett, Tommy
Hilfiger, Eric Javits, and Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello
Published: L’Uomo Vogue magazine,
June 2018

Arielle Bobb-Willis

Micaiah Carter
Three Men, 2018

Stylist: Jermaine Daley
Models: Gimberly Owusu, Sheani Gist, and Oumar Diouf
Published: L’Officiel USA magazine, November 2018

Micaiah Carter

Awol Erizku
Asiatic Lilies, 2017

Featured: Billboard, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2018, Toronto

Awol Erizku

Nadine Ijewere
Untitled, 2018

Stylist: Gabriella Karefa-Johnson
Model: Achok Majak
Designers: Tom Ford, Richard Quinn, and Jennifer Fisher
Published: GARAGE magazine,
September 2018

Nadine Ijewere

Quil Lemons
South Philadelphia, 2018
Series: Purple
Stylist: Quil Lemons
Model: Brie Bradley (sister)
Designer: Batsheva Hay
Published:, May 2018

Quil Lemons

Namsa Lueba
Sarah, Lagos, Nigeria, 2015

Series: NGL
Designers: Torlowei, Ituen Basi

Namsa Lueba

Renell Medrano
1984, Harlem, New York, 2018

Stylist: Simon Rasmussen
Model: Aweng Chuol
Published: 10 Men magazine,
Fall/Winter 2018

Renell Medrano

Tyler Mitchell
Untitled (Hijab Couture I), New York, 2019

Stylist: Carlos Nazario
Model: Ugbad Abdi
Published: US Vogue magazine, April 2019

Tyler Mitchell

Jamal Nxedlana
Johannesburg, 2019

Stylist: Jamal Nxedlana
Model: Bee Diamondhead
Series: Avatar
Published: Bubblegum Club magazine, August 2017

Jamal Nxedlana

Daniel Obasi
Native, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria, 2018

Stylist: Daniel Obasi
Model: Joshua Adedeji
Published:, April 2018

Daniel Obasi

Ruth Ossai
Ebute Metta, Lagos, Nigeria, 2018

Model: Aunty Nofi
Published: Sleek Magazine, Winter 2018

Ruth Ossai

Adrienne Raquel
A Modern Michelangelo, Yosemite Valley, California, 2018

Models: Adrienne Raquel and

Adrienne Raquel

Dana Scruggs
Adonis #1, 2014

Stylist: Raytell Bridges
Model: Adonis Bosso
Published: SCRUGGS Magazine,
May 2016

Dana Scruggs

Stephen Tayo
Pedro Street, Lagos, Nigeria, 2019

Stylist: Lorena Maza
Model: Chris
Designer: Kenzo
Published: Sleek Magazine,
March 2019

Stephen Tayo

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