Celebration by Lee-Ann Olwage Opening September 1st – Meet the artist October 1st at Bonne Espérance Gallery, Paris

Dear Shaded Viewers,

The new exhibition opening at Bonne Espérance Gallery is a young woman artist from Cape Town, Lee-Ann Olwage. She was born in 1986 in Durban and is a visual storyteller. Her work is about identity, collaboration and celebration. She aims to create a space where people she collaborates with can play an active part in the creation of images they feel tells their stories in a way that is affirming and celebratory.

 Lee-Ann doesn’t just take pictures of people, she asks them to co-create the images with her. Bonne Espérance Gallery  is showing three of her series —
The Dance: When kids in the Cape Flats township of Cape Town, against all odds, graduate from high school which allows them to attend the matric dance (South Africa’s version of the senior prom) the entire neighbourhood celebrates.
#blackdragmagic: Lee-Ann and drag activist Belinda Qaqamba Kafassie invited Black drag queens to co-create images which tell their stories, which are often stories of exclusion and harassment or violence, and the result is a celebration.
The Right to Play: Girls in Africa are often taken out of school very early to work or marry and Lee-Ann created the sweetest images of what the world would be like if schoolgirls were allowed to just be girls.
Bonne Espérance Gallery
3 Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle
75002 Paris
Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.