Ngadi Smart is a Sierra Leonean photographer based in London, who focuses on documenting cultures, subcultures and intimacy. Her work looks at how people self-identify and choose to present themselves in front of the lens. Recently, she has been interested in documenting Black sensuality and culture from an African point of view. She aims to show as many representations of African people, and what it means to be African as she can. Her work has been published on CNN, British Journal of Photography, Atmos Magazine, and Design Indaba. Ngadi is also the recipient of the 2020 RPS Enviromental Bursary Award.
In her new work she will create a series of self portraits as photo collages that are about self identity and intimacy. The main theme of the work will be loss. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a huge number of people are experiencing various forms of loss: the loss of loved ones, the loss of a sense of normality, the loss of financial independence. The topic of loss is personal to the Artist and the work she creates will be representations on denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
Image Credit: Me First. Ngadi Smart