From Angela Davis’ afro cut to Aimé Césaire’s ties, the dress style of the great figures of the black cause has always carried a political dimension. The work of the immense Cameroonian photographer Samuel Fosso, currently exhibited at the MEP in Paris, bears witness to this.
Samuel Fosso, Self-portrait “African Spirits” Series, 2008
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In his self-portraits, where he metamorphoses into Martin Luther King or Malcolm X, particular care is taken to stylistic details that make the “signature allure” of these iconic personalities, recognizable at first glance.
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Samuel Fosso, Self-portrait “70’s Lifestyle” series, 1975-78
And even when he disguises himself as a simple anonymous hip-hop fan, businessman or dandy, the militant demand erupts: each of the images exhibited exploding the classic codes of identity, gender and social class. Proof that a garment sometimes says more than long speeches.
Fashion, food, design … new trends come from AfricaSamuel Fosso, at the European House of Photography, until March 13, 2022.