Visual artists and photographer are more than creativities; they freeze moments, they are a lot about storytelling, sparking emotion and communicating points of view. For years, artists across the African continent have been exploring a multitude of themes through their works. This has over recent years started to pay off; with the artists gaining worldwide visibility and retelling Africa’s history in the ways they have mastered best. With authenticity and creative autonomy as their weapons, these African contemporary artists have used their skills to tell stories; and portray the continent’s rich culture, socio-political climates and economic systems.
Here are some of the artists that have contributed to the evolution of photography, mixed-media art and contemporary art in Africa.