Exploring identity and youth in Nadine Ijewere's photography
There is an undeniable creative energy brewing on the African continent. With exploration of different media within this cultural context, the past few years have seen an increase in international interest in young African artists, and they’ve risen to the occasion. Nadine Ijewere is an example of such talent. Indeed, it’s her eye for capturing unrepresented forms of beauty that saw her hailed as one of the artists to watch by the British Journal of Photography earlier this year, and more importantly, as an artist that has secured herself a promising future in the world of art. In an industry that is defined by change and novelty, this is no small achievement. Nadine was raised in London by her Nigerian mother and Jamaican father, but it was many years before she visited Nigeria. After spending some time there, it inspired in her a desire to capture what she saw in the daily life of Lagos: a vibrant, eclectic and energetic youth. In a series of photographs titled 9-ja_17 she captured this youth, exploring themes of identity, gender and sexuality. We spoke to Nadine about the photographs that recently formed a part of the prestigious Nataal/Red Hook Labs New African Photography II exhibition in New York. One piece in particular stood out: Joseph’s Floral Halo, which, in its soft colours and dreamlike quality, captures a striking young Nigerian.portfolio of work.