May 28 - September 17, 2023

The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion 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 consumed in traditional lifestyle magazines, ad campaigns, and museums, as well as on their individual social-media channels, reinfusing 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, they celebrate Black creativity and the cross-pollination between art, fashion, and culture in constructing an image. Seeking to challenge the idea that Blackness is homogenous, the works serve as a form of visual activism. It’s a perspective often seen from this loose movement of thriving talents, who are creating photography in vastly different contexts—New York and Johannesburg, Lagos and 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 and beauty, gender and power.

Curated by Antwaun Sargent, a renowned writer, editor, and curator based in New York City, this exhibition includes select works from these groundbreaking contemporary photographers: Campbell Addy, Arielle Bobb-Willis, Micaiah Carter, Awol Erizku, Quil Lemons, Namsa Leuba, Renell Medrano, Tyler Mitchell, Jamal Nxedlana, Daniel Obasi, Ruth Ossai, Adrienne Raquel, Dana Scruggs, and Stephen Tayo. A salon wall also features images created by other young Black photographers contributing to this movement while simultaneously proposing a brilliant reenvisioned future.

The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion is organized by Aperture and is curated by Antwaun Sargent.

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The exhibition is made possible, in part, by Airbnb Magazine.

This exhibition at Sarasota Art Museum is made possible, in part, with generous support from:

Platinum Sponsor
Shari and John Hicks

Silver Sponsor
Ernie Kretzmer and the Kretzmer Family Charitable Foundation
Katherine and Frank Martucci