Project Diaspora

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Omar Victor Diop is a Senegalese photographer who recently released “Project Diaspora”, a series of self-portraits inspired by less spoken narratives about the impact of Africans in European history. Each portrait includes a different element of football which is meant to bring attention to the increasing racism directed at young African players throughout Europe.
Choosing, for the first time, to use himself as the object in his artwork, he has delved into the realities of being both narrator and character, forcing him to face his insecurities head on, and uses references to sport, football in particular, to show the duality of living a life of glory and recognition, while facing the challenges of being “other.
Paradoxes he finds are shared between modern day footballers in Europe and the men of the original portraits depicted in his self-portraits.”

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