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Dozie Kanu: Cordyceps - © naima
Dozie Kanu: Cordyceps - © naima
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Cordyceps

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Photography by Lengua

Pol Taburet: Candyman - © naima
Pol Taburet: Candyman - © naima
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Candyman

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Photography by Larissa Hofmann

Frank Dorrey: The Heartbreak Kid - © naima
Frank Dorrey: The Heartbreak Kid - © naima
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The Heartbreak Kid

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Photography by Michael Wolever

Abraham’s Fetish World - © naima
Abraham’s Fetish World - © naima
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Abraham’s Fetish World

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Filmed by Joe Bird

Dominique White: Underwater - © naima
Dominique White: Underwater - © naima
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Underwater

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Photography by Michella Bredahl

“Tom Verlaine” by Richard Hell - © naima
“Tom Verlaine” by Richard Hell - © naima
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“Tom Verlaine”

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Photography by Nick Waplington

Rhea Dillon: Doors - © naima
Rhea Dillon: Doors - © naima
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Doors

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Photography by Benedict Brink. Styled by Jawara Alleyne.

Fabien Vilrus: Unpublished Archive - © naima
Fabien Vilrus: Unpublished Archive - © naima
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Unpublished Archive

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Freeka Tet - © naima
Freeka Tet - © naima
Story of Cultural Interest

Chaos

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Le Diouck and Bamao Yende: La Cou Cou - © naima
Le Diouck and Bamao Yende: La Cou Cou - © naima
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La Cou Cou

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Photography by Harley Weir

Naudline Pierre: The Odyssey - © naima
Naudline Pierre: The Odyssey - © naima
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The Odyssey

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Photography by Michella Bredahl

Chris Lloyd: Master of Sex - © naima
Chris Lloyd: Master of Sex - © naima
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Master of Sex

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Photography by Michael Wolever

Marcus Jahmal: Moor-ish - © naima
Marcus Jahmal: Moor-ish - © naima
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Painting as Religion

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Photography by Adam Zhu

Ron Baker: Hood Spirituality - © naima
Ron Baker: Hood Spirituality - © naima
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Hood Spirituality

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Photography by Christopher Currence

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New Black Surrealism

If Dubois posed a “double-consciousness,” defining it as the strange sense of two-ness, the split-self of the black person displaced in another land becoming “two souls, two thoughts, two un-reconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body,” then, now, it is appropriate to suggest that double has multiplied. We live in a time where there’s cause for the advent of a triple, or quadruple, or perhaps best put, a multi-consciousness. The diasporic black experience is uniquely marked by a permeating sense of dichotomy, between the sense of blackness and the opposing realities and ideals of the society the black person is displaced in. What is of vital interest is the additional layers of consciousness that have arrived with the passage of time, for the children of the second, third or fourth generation, of whom there isn’t the imminent displacement from one to another, only the idea of another place, or the teachings and passings on through previous generations of ideals, myths, religion, and sensibilities. It is strange enough, that one is taught and raised in the African common belief of the unseen, and then lives in a secular West. But, the contemporary phenomenon of multi-consciousness isn’t limited to race or diasporic displacement alone, it is shared by most – we live between multiple realities: the Internet, the television, day-to-day life, the realities of the various ideologies and religions of the present era. Layers of reality that topple over one another, producing a mass state of confusion, and a subsequent search to remedy it. But, the black person, now, perhaps lies at the base of the flame, in an exaggerated chasm, facing the conflicting realities of the contemporary world, and dragging on in a perpetual state of non-belonging that ultimately produces this new, unique form of existence – a surreal existence, which in turn, has led to, in the case of a few chosen artists that represent this new sub-movement in art, a body of work that I want to call New Black Surrealism.

Stories of Cultural Interest

For our Stories of Cultural Interest, we highlight five artists that are representative of our manifesto – each emblematic of a convergence of contraries. Richard Hell, writer, poet and musician, Le Diouck and Bamao Yende, whose musical style combines a multi-influence of sounds like electronic, hip-hop and rock, Fabien Vilrus, whose work navigates the feelings of displacement between Reunion Island and France, Abraham Toledano, who owns one of the largest Japanese fetish magazine collections in the world in his apartment in Paris, and Freeka Tet, a multi-disciplinary artist who constantly drifts between technology, music and video.

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New Black Surrealism
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