Two photographers go against the problem of diversity in Hollywood by re-imaging classic moments from American and European films.
For the love of creating what is missing in our world, Senegalese Omar Victor Diop and French-American Antoine Tempé came together in a 2013 project called [re-]Mixing Hollywood. This project features a series of images that use African people and cultural scenes in Dakar and Abidjan to create new dynamic shots from iconic movies.
The idea that drove this series is the transcending geographic, cultural, and racial barriers that movies have. Movies have the ability to influence pop cultures of very different societies. Giving them a tremendous impact on the world.
“This power should be inclusive for all, not just those in the West.” -Antoine Tempé
In an interview with CNN, Diop explained that he and Tempé “started working with the movies we liked, the movies that had influenced us.” From there, they thought of ways to not just create identical copies of their favorite films, but to add a distinctly African twist.
Not only were the photos shot in West Africa the models are styled with accessories and fashion that would typically be found in the region. The film for the classic Uma Thurman poster for “Pulp Fiction,” his model is rocking a blunt, braided bob.
Diversity is an amazing thing and we should celebrate our differences and account for representation of all in art. These scenes may one day inspire the recreation of new movies with black actors. There is so much impact in having actors from different origins in a story or film. Diversity is an amazing thing and we should celebrate our differences and account for representation of all in art. Check out more images from the series below.
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