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I got contacted by Alex Riedlinger, an Eritrean photographer keen on sharing is work. Alex has done work in Ethiopia and Nigeria. In Portland, OR, he focuses on Black and African immigrant communities. - Yagazie
Just Like That is a documentary photography series shot in Southwest Nigeria. It is a work that combines street photography, music, dance, and religious ritual documentation. While in Nigeria, Alex Riedlinger spent considerable time shadowing young Yoruba Ifa priests that are heirs to an old and respected religious practice involving complex systems of divination, an expansive oral and musical tradition and the worship of ancestors and precolonial deities called Orisa. The young fetish priests depicted in this series represent a synthesis of traditional Yoruba identity and contemporary values.
"What has changed since the collapse of Jim Crow has less to so with the basic structure of our society than with the language we use to justify it. In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly as a justification for discrimination, exclusion and social contempt. So we don’t. Rather than rely on race, we use our criminal justice system to label people of color as "criminals" and then engage in all practices we supposedly left behind."
Photographer: Joshua Pestka
Model: Akuol de Mabior
Stylist: Aubrey Closson
Mua: Romero Jennings
Hair : Joseph DiMaggio
|—||James Baldwin, “An Open Letter to My Sister, Angela Y. Davis” (via joshuabrandonbennett)|