Photography

Émilie Régnier explores the ongoing cultural conversation between Africa and the West

January 30, 2018

Exploring the ongoing cultural conversation between Africa and the West, Haitian-Canadian photographer Émilie Régnier, who grew up in Central Africa, created a series of portraits for her exhibition at The Bronx Documentary Center last year that "explored the symbolic power of leopard patterns and prints in Dakar, Kinshasa, Johannesburg, Paris and even a small town in Texas."

The exhibition, titled From Mobuto to Beyoncé, also documented expressive hairstyles in Côte d'Ivoire and the influence of American pop starts such as Beyoncé and Rihanna on women's style and fashion. "The completed cultural feedback loop, as Émilie’s photos demonstrate, is one in which many American designers and artists have traditionally taken their cues from African design and style."

via bronxdoc.org