Until November 21st, don’t miss the exhibition Just Pictures at projects+gallery in St. Louis, MO, curated by The New Black Vanguard author and The New York Times writer and critic Antwaun Sargent. Focusing on “photographers who set their gazes on rethinking the possibility of photography by embracing its boundary-blurring potential,” the group show features artworks by Black and POC artists like Mous Lamrabat, Arielle Bobb-Willis, Rafael Pavarotti, Ruth Ossai and Joshua Woods, among others.
“I am particularly interested in bringing together young image-makers who are working between the commercial and conceptual by creating worlds entirely their own,” Sargent says about the artists’ selection. “Central to these images is the collaborative complicity of the image-maker and their subjects, but also the seemingly disparate histories of photography, from landscape and vernacular to portraiture and fashion, that are pulled together in the making of each image that is widely circulated in museums and magazines, on social media and the walls of domestic space,” he continues.

From the humorous, playful style of Mous Lamrabat, who mixes Western capitalist symbols such as logos from fast food chains with traditional Arabic codes, to Ruth Ossai’s fashion photography, which tackles deeper themes like identity, the sense of community or friendship, to Rafael Pavarotti, who’s just shot three covers of i-D’s up+rising issue, the exhibition features some of the most relevant up-and-coming photographers right now. A great opportunity to discover the work of the stars of today and tomorrow.
The exhibition Just Pictures is on view until November 21st at projects+gallery, 4733 McPherson Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri.
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Arielle Bobb Willis, New Orleans, 2017
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Joshua Kissi, When Kids Play, 2019
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Joshua Woods, Black Power, 2019
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Joshua Woods, Black Power, 2019
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Mous Lamrabat, X-rated, 2019
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Renell Medrano, Untitled, 2019
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Ruth Ossai, My Heart Is Clean, Lagos Nigeria, 2018
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Yagazie Emezi, Lilith, 2020