Ibrahim Kamara | Double-Page Spread

Ibrahim Kamara

12 Oct - 12 Nov 2018

Double-Page Spread brings together recent photographs from artist, art director, stylist and costume designer Ibrahim (IB) Kamara. Mixing together diverse influences, iconographies and cultural references, Kamara’s work challenges conventions of menswear, masculinity and sexuality. Born in Sierra Leone, Kamara grew up in the Gambia before moving to London aged 11. He graduated from BA Fashion Communication and Promotion at Central Saint Martins in 2016 and is currently Fashion Editor at Large at i-D.

This exhibition features photographs from two of Kamara’s collaborative projects: 2026 and Soft Criminal. Produced in his final year at Central Saint Martins, 2026 explores what black masculinity might look like 10 years in the future. Made with South-African photographer Kristin-Lee Moolman, the project was subsequently included in the exhibition Utopian Voices, Here and Now at Somerset House. Incorporating repurposed fabrics rescued from rubbish skips and thrift shops in Johannesburg crafted into contemporary garments, 2026 disrupts heteronormative attitudes to self-expression through fashion.
Also on display in Double-Page Spread are images from Soft Criminal – Karama’s latest collaboration with Moolman and Gareth Wrighton – fashion designer and fellow Fashion Communication and Promotion graduate. Set in an alternate universe, the project traces three, fictional character-led narratives from the African diaspora. The collective trio have fabricated three rival crime families: a royal dynasty, an anarchist gang set on overthrowing them and a group of new money hackers helping them do so. The work was originally developed as a cinematic exhibition and live fashion show for Red Hook Labs, Brooklyn, New York in September 2018.
“Ibrahim defines the best of the Central Saint Martins DNA – he is brave, individual and smart. I remember his BA interview: his portfolio was courageous, intense, powerful, startling even and, crucially, different to everything else we had seen.”
Hywel Davies, Programme Director, Fashion and Course Leader, BA Fashion Communication and Promotion, Central Saint Martins