Juliana Kasumu Discovers Personal and Cultural History Through Photography

Juliana Kasumu Discovers Personal and Cultural History Through Photography

Juliana Kasumu is a British-Nigerian photographer based in London using conscious imagery to highlight the interconnectivity of women, culture and fashion. Her subject matter is chosen based on a quest for personal knowledge concerning issues related to Africa and its Diaspora. By interweaving cultural research and stunning portraitures, she is able to express critical ideas with the intent of educating her audience. Photographs by Juliana Kasumu have been exhibited for the use of raising awareness to less spoken narratives by women of color.

#outtakes ✨

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“The basis of my photographic research has revolved around Black identity on an extremely personal level, with my identity as a British-Nigerian female being at the forefront of the projects I have undertaken. The constant battle on the policing of Black women’s hair and sexuality for example, are the themes I often explore in my projects.

#tb w/ Zainab ✨

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Since the beginning of my practice in question, there has always been a constant struggle when trying to determine where I fit in regards to my work, and within a socio-economical context. Using memory-work as a catalyst for my research, I work hard to develop photographs that speak to both me and others who can relate to my ideas.

 

 

Zainab ✨

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#Repost @olajuartgroup ・・・ In From Moussor to Tignon, Juliana Kasumu explores the history of headwraps worn by women of color and the associated cultural symbolism. Here is an excerpt from an interview between curator Obafemi Ogunleye and Juliana Kasumu; OO: You’ve mentioned how New Orleans is paramount to telling the story of African women in the Diaspora. In what ways has working in the city influenced your perception of the Black experience in America? JK: This project allowed me the opportunity to visit New Orleans for the first time and I had the privilege of being surrounded by people who were knowledgeable of the city’s past, and its potential for the future. New Orleans is a place where the effects of colonialism are still so visible, it would be absurd to deny it. I wouldn't say working within New Orleans necessary changed my perception, but rather it confirmed just how severe the issues regarding race relations are, and how much we as a people are still in the process of decolonization, with a long way to go. Visit olajuartgroup.org for more info. #julianakasumu #frommoussortotignon #photography #girltownpm #headtie #headwraps #NewOrleans #nola

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My main aim is to provide information on the important and sometimes forgotten histories that shaped the West Africa we know today, also bringing attention to the effects of colonisation in Africa and the diaspora. Projects such as ‘Irun Kiko’, give insight in to a very personal journey of self-discovery and my attempt to uncover truths about a cultural history that was not taught in the schools I attended, or even easily accessible when conducting research.”

 

in the stu – w/ @jtarbard @artists21_ ☄

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