The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion

  • Exhibition will be on view at Saatchi Gallery from 28 October 2022 - 22 January 2023, with tickets available for pre-booking 23 September 2022.
  • Curated by Antwaun Sargent, the exhibition focusses on fashion portraiture that is celebratory of Black culture, freeing the Black figure from photographic histories dominated by a white aesthetic.
  • Includes photography by fifteen Black international photographers including; Campbell Addy, Tyler Mitchell, Renell Medrano and Nadine Ijewere
  • This exhibition at Saatchi Gallery is generously supported by Burberry

  • London, UK (23 Sept, 2022) - This October, Saatchi Gallery will present The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion, a ground breaking exhibition featuring 15 international Black photographers contributing to a new vision of the Black figure and reframing representation in art and fashion. This exhibition is a celebration of Black creativity both in-front of and behind the camera. Featured works include Black stylists, models, make-up artists and creative directors who are bringing a radical new set of references and experiences to image making.

    The New Black Vanguard is curated by American writer and critic Antwaun Sargent who explores a new aesthetic of Black portraiture while examining the cross-pollination between art, fashion, and culture in the making of images.

    Sargent adds, "This exhibition is an exploration of this generation's Black image makers who are bringing fresh perspective to photography. Image by image, they have created a loose global network around their art that powerfully centres identity, community and desire. The artists in this show profoundly reanimate the possibilities of contemporary photography."

    The New Black Vanguard presents artists whose vibrant portraits and conceptual images fuse the genres of art and fashion photography in ways that break down long-established boundaries. Their work has been widely presented in traditional lifestyle magazines, ad campaigns, and museums, as well as on thier individual social media channels; infusing the contemporary visual vocabulary around beauty and the body with new vitality and substance.

    The images open up conversations around the representation of the Black body and Black lives as subject matter. Collectively, the works celebrate Black creativity. Seeking to challenge the idea that Blackness is homogenous, the works serve as a form of visual activism delivered by emerging talents who are creating photography in vastly different contexts — be it in New York or Johannesburg, Lagos or London. The results — often made in collaboration with Black stylists and fashion designers — present new perspectives on the medium of photography and the notions of race, beauty, gender and power.

    This exhibition includes selected works from these ground breaking contemporary photographers, as well as a salon wall presentation of images created by other young Black photographers contributing to this movement. Vitrines of publications, past and present, contextualise these images and chart the history of inclusion, and exclusion, in the creation of the Black commercial image. The exhibition proposes a brilliantly re-envisioned future.

    Selected Photographer Quotes

    “The New Black Vanguard means a lot to me. It’s an important milestone in history where the work of young black artists have been curated beautifully and published in a book. It’s a dream for this show to be exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London. This represents progress and more boundaries being removed. London is my home, I still remember school trips to the Saatchi! Now we are here, together, telling our stories!”– Nadine Ijewere, Photographer

    “Many moons ago, as a newly graduated student, Antwaun Sargent came to me to talk about the experiences in the industry and what's needed. Speaking about the book he hopes to create - I implored him and said "if only I had seen a book like that when I was younger, a project of profound joy and happiness, that showcased Blackness in its variety in visual media. Maybe then it wouldn't have been such a struggle for me to just imagine myself as one of those artists." Now seeing what The New Black Vanguard has done, and it's evolution through many cities, brings me so much happiness. As I know there is a young creative from a similar background to that of the exhibiting artists that is going to feel seen and feel acknowledged. Who may also feel challenged to create work! So it brings me profound joy and immense pride, that it is also going to be in London – in the same city that Antwaun and I met to talk about said book – many, many years ago. This moment in itself feels incredibly full circle.” – Campbell Addy, Photographer


    Featured Photographers

    Campbell Addy
    Quil Lemons
    Daniel Obasi
    Arielle Bobb-Willis
    Namsa Leuba
    Ruth Ossai
    Micaiah Carter
    Renell Medrano
    Adrienne Raquel
    Awol Erizku
    Tyler Mitchell
    Dana Scruggs
    Nadine Ijewere
    Jamal Nxedlana
    Stephen Tayo

    Exhibition Supporter

    The New Black Vanguard at Saatchi Gallery is generously supported by Burberry.

    -ENDS-

    NOTES TO EDITORS 

    For Press inquiries please contact: Eleanor Thirlway eleanor@saatchigallery.com | +44 (0) 20 7811 3091

    Press preview: Thursday, 27 October 2022, 10AM-1PM

    RSVP essential: https://www.saatchigallery.com/rsvps/press_preview___the_new_black_vanguard

    Dates and Opening Hours

    Open to the Public:  28 October - 22 January 2023 10am – 6pm (last admission 5pm)

    Saatchi Lates: Details and dates to be announced

    Admission

    Tickets £10, Concessions available; under 10s go free (T&Cs apply). Free entry for Saatchi Gallery Members.

    Tickets

    Walk-ins welcome but pre-booking is advised. Tickets can be booked in advance online at saatchi.com/tickets Tickets go on sale: Friday 23 September 2022

    Images

    Press images can be obtained by emailing Eleanor Thirlway eleanor@saatchigallery.com

    By using the images, you acknowledge and accept the terms and conditions found within the link. These images can only be reproduced to illustrate a review or criticism of a work or report as defined by section 30 (i) and (ii) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

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    Exhibition Catalogue

    Published by Aperture, The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion is available at Saatchi Store and online.

    School Visits & Community Groups

    With the generous support of all our patrons, for each major exhibition there are opportunities to engage with creative projects and workshops whether that be in-gallery, virtually, in the classroom or at home. www.saatchigallery.com/learning +44(0) 20 7811 3087

    Organisation

    The New Black Vanguard is organised by Aperture, New York, and is made possible, in part, by Tasweer Photo Festival, Quatar and Airbnb Magazine.

    ABOUT APERTURE

    Aperture, a not-for-profit, connects the photo community and its audiences with the most inspiring work, the sharpest ideas, and with each other—in print, in person, and online. Created in 1952 by photographers and writers as “common ground for the advancement of photography,” Aperture today is a multiplatform publisher and centre for the photo community. From its base in New York, Aperture produces, publishes, and presents a program of photography projects, locally and internationally.

    ANTWAUN SARGENT

    Antwaun Sargent is an internationally recognised writer, editor, and curator living in New York City. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker, and various art and museum publications. Sargent is author of The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion (Aperture, 2019) and editor of Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists (2020). He is also a director at Gagosian Gallery. Sargent recently curated the posthumous retrospective of the late artist and designer Virgil Abloh at Brooklyn Museum of Art

    ABOUT BURBERRY

    Burberry is a British luxury brand headquartered in London, UK. Founded in 1856, Burberry is listed on the London Stock Exchange (BRBY.L) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. BURBERRY, the Equestrian Knight Device, the Burberry Check and the Thomas Burberry Monogram and Print are trademarks belonging to Burberry. For more news: www.burberry.com

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