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Africa Through the Lens, part of the Africa Centre Summer Festival

3 & 4 August 2013, all day

Covent Garden Underground Station

London, UK

Past exhibition

Autograph ABP is working in partnership with Yinka Shonibare to present a photography exhibition, part of the Africa Centre Summer festival

A celebration of the best of Avant-garde African Art, dance, fashion, photography, film and music, the Africa Centre Summer Festival is a free summer event of music, fashion, visual arts, food, photography and film in and around Covent Garden Piazza.

Africans through the Lens includes artists Seidou Keita, Malick Sidibe, J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, Samuel Fosso, James Barnor, Nontikelelo Veleko, Zanele Muholi, Sabelo Mlangeni, Hassan Hajjaj, Youssef Nabil, and Eileen Perrier.

Presented on a dedicated projection screen on the westbound Platform at Covent Garden Tube Station, and on screens at the main festival stage, Covent Garden Piazza.

Visitor feedback

Thank you so much for all including sharing Mr. Barnor's work! Keep up the amazing efforts!

The Amalgamate(s)

In partnership with

The Africa Centre

The Africa Centre is the centre in London for the culture of Africa and the African diaspora


Art Below uses billboard space in underground stations to display artworks in London and overseas.


Curated by

Renée Mussai

Renée Mussai is Curator / Head of Archive at Autograph ABP. She curates and lectures internationally, and is currently undertaking PhD research at University College London, studying post-colonial politics of portraiture and gender in Britain, Africa and the African diaspora.

Mark Sealy

Mark Sealy MBE is the Director of Autograph ABP. He is currently a PhD candidate at Durham University, his research focuses on photography and cultural violence.

About the Archive & Research Centre

Africa through the Lens includes images from the Autograph ABP Archive & Research Centre.

Autograph ABP's Archive & Research Centre was established to address a gap in the visual representation of Britain's cultural history and its diverse communities.

Through preserving and mining photographic archives and working with artists internationally, we encourage progressive curatorial research in order to produce new narratives. Over the years, we have built a unique collection that, through photography, multimedia and writing, critically explores global politics of migration, diaspora and difference.

  • Hassan Hajjaj's work projected at Covent Garden Underground Station, part of Africa through the Lens
  • Flyer for Africa through the Lens