The importance of Afrosurrealism in 2020

Courtesy Adama Jalloh and Hamed Maiye.

Afrosurrealism, as a movement, seeks to expose this ‘otherworldly’ life that Black people lead, with extra emphasis on the weirdness to emphasize just how surreal Black life can be. Photographer Adama Jalloh and artist Hamed Maiye examine Blackness and otherworldliness in their London exhibition ‘An Ode to Afrosurrealism’, currently up at the Horniman Museum & Gardens. Ayoola Solarin for i-D breaks down how Jalloh and Maiye use this expressive style to bring together themes of identity, spirituality, mythology, and contemporary Black Britain.

“This world is otherworldly due to the things I’ve seen and experienced, Blackness obviously being a factor in this. At the same time, I can also say my experiences are exactly that of this world given our collective histories. I think when we imagine ‘otherworldly’ it can be romanticised, it can equally be a dark or light space… for many of us Blackness is what shapes this space.” - Hamey Maiye