This spring London pays tribute to a master of photography, James Barnor. In fact, the Serpentine Gallery dedicates an important retrospective to the ninety-one-year-old Ghanaian artist, which spans sixty years of a career spanning two continents, expressed in a visual versatility that ranges from studio portraits to photojournalism, from commissioned to commentary works. social.
“Mike Eghan (BBC Africa service presenter) at Piccadilly Circus, London”, 1967. Photograph by James Barnor.
To take part in James Barnor: Accra / London – A Retrospective, the Serpentine called Ferdinando Verderi, creative director of Vogue Italia, who created a video installation focused on Barnor’s work in 1960s London. The work, thanks to the collaboration of the London institution with the emerging CIRCA artistic platform, will be projected on the giant screen of Piccadilly Circus from 1st to 10th April at 20:21. A video whose ending contains a surprise: a photo taken by Barnor in Piccadilly in 1967 is “transformed” into its updated version, and becomes one of this month’s covers. The image was in fact taken in the same place and in the same pose as fifty years ago. The protagonist of today’s version, Adwoa Aboah, the English model of a Ghanaian father who is the symbol of a new Anglo-Saxon generation.
Printed in a limited edition of 2021 copies, this cover – Barnor’s first for Vogue Italia – will then be replicated on posters scattered around the city, to draw attention to the Serpentine exhibition and to a legendary witness of African art.
At the opening Adwoa Aboah in one of the covers of this issue shot by James Barnor in the same pose and in the same place where Mike Eghan was portrayed. Wrap jacket and miniskirt in wool and cupro, Maximilian; boots, Sanders & Sanders. Sittings editor, Flora Huddart.