About my work
African communities have always been marginalized and exploited by Westerners. More than a century after the abolition of slavery and more than sixty years after the independence of the African countries, their treatment remains the same today. Discrimination, humiliation, abuse, murder. Africans continue to be represented in the world through the eyes of the oppressor: like inferior beings, savages devoid of all thought with brain capacities reduced to nothing. Ussi’n’s practice documents and celebrates the cultural diversity of the multiple identities that abound in Africa and its diaspora. He deconstructs a narrative imposed by the white man on black communities and shatters stereotypes. As an Afro-queer artist, he also fights for the acceptance of gender diversity in the world. Being a person of color and being part of the LGBTQIA + community he permanently represents a double vulnerability. Victims of discrimination in both white and black societies, rejected on all sides, these experiences are very often overlooked or ignored. Through raw and captivating images, Ussi’n depicts a multifaceted Africa, at the crossroads of genres, cultures, religions and socio-economic status.
Ussi’n YALA is a self-taught photographer born (1993) and raised in Gabon. He navigated through the art world from an early age by first cultivating a strong interest in music and drawing. In 2015, a real passion for photography arose. With a small camera in his hand, he walks the streets of Libreville and documents the daily life of its inhabitants through black and white portraits taken from life. His sensitivity and his keen eye are quickly appreciated by those around him. In 2016, the series of portraits "Pink Albino" takes a new look at albinism in order to fight against their extermination in Africa. It is then exhibited at the African Art Fair 2016 in Paris through Moadiga, an online gallery dedicated to African photography. Now based in Paris, his artistic work takes a much more committed direction to better explore the diversity of gender and cultural identities within African communities affected by the diaspora.
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