Open Call for African Portraitures: 1950s - 2000s

Opportunity to be exhibited at the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London, October 2017

“These are not portraits from life: These are creations”

Africans | & Diaspora

We are looking for African portraitures dating from the 1950s -2000s

Send entries and queries to : 

Deadline for submission is 31 August 2017.

This project is looking for already existing photographs from Africans & diaspora to create an audience derived exhibition and archive as part of the overall project. Out of the submitted photographs; 52 photographs, representing each African country, will be chosen and on exhibit during the art fair.

An online archive will also be created with all images submitted that fit the requirements. Images will be shared on a dedicated Instagram account and online archive.

not portraits from life; they are creations exhibition offers a new look of the cultural and historical roles of portraitures in Africa. The aim of the exhibition is to bring forth for examination a variety of topics, including changing technologies and their role in portraitures, the once common culture of portraits in Africa, and a continent’s reclaiming narratives via self-produced archives.


Photographs should be from the 1950s-2000s.

The curator is looking for old family photographs. Look into old family albums, forgotten boxes, ask your aunties, etc.

Please note for this project, they are not looking for anything recent or any works by African | diaspora contemporary artists.

Please do submit if you have any old photographs that fit the call. High resolution scan, with the date and location and name of the individuals if you have it.

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