Our #niiboy Abdourahman tells Nii Stories about his first exiting first exhibition KORA! displayed this past July in New York.
When I had dropped out of university, just a few months ago, I invested into camera equipment with the remaining of my loan and started taking portraits of people I would see on the street or within my social group. Shortly after, a gallery called Project Mission Gallery from New York contacted me via Instagram saying:
"I feel your work would greatly contribute to the show. I love how your photography captures human form in an unapologetic way. I especially think your portraiture of black males is really special and presents them in such a nuanced yet powerful way”.
My work has been exhibited this past July as part of the third installment of the “Unhinged: Ain’t I Beautiful?” series, curated by Jennifer Younge alongside other six black male artists who explore and challenge the idea of beauty through different media.
What I aim to express to my photographs is to display friends and strangers who I had come to paths with in such spontaneous occasions and to draw raw yet powerful tones of emotions from them. In correlation to the exhibition I shot a film that conveys an experimental montage of archived footages of friends, family and subjects that are present in the Collection.
I thought it would have also be appropriate to bring my roots into the exhibition by naming it KORA, the name of my favourite 12 string instrument, usually heard in music from my motherlands Senegal and Gambia.
The film has been screened by P.O.C. at the Ace hotel in Shoreditch as well as Abdourahman was invited on a panel with a Q&A to speak to the audience about his creative process.