French-born American photographer Antoine Tempé and Senegalese Omar Victor Diop, co-authors of [re-]Mixing Hollywood (Onomollywood) are photographers based in Dakar.
The series comprises 20 photographs inspired by iconic moments of great American and French movies, with a cast featuring a representative sample of the cultural scene in Dakar and Abidjan, where these images were shot.
The whole 20 images are going to be exhibited in Dakar, Abidjan and Libreville from November 2013
Cinema is probably the form of art that is the most universal, as it transcends all barriers, be they geographic, cultural, or racial. Great movies of the past, as well as most recent ones, feature iconic scenes that have tremendously influenced pop cultures of very different societies. African major cities weren’t left out.
A hotel is a crossroads in which cultures and origins from around the world co-exist and merge in a permanent cycle of reinventions and reinterpretations. That is the essence of this project. The artists wanted to celebrate the magic of a good movie, the way it allows the viewer to relate to a plot, an actor, regardless of their origins and where the story happens.
Antoine Tempé’s photography ranges from documenting the diversity of the performing arts scene in Africa to building an impressive portrait galleries, gathering legendary faces of the African cultural scene. Omar Victor’s universe is very ecclectic, as it merges fashion photography and fictionnal projects with staged portraits and advertizing. The Cinema theme was a way to create an encouter between the two artists’ respective fields of interests ; cinema involves fashion and aesthetics, but it involves a great deal of performance.