“Weight” by Emmanuel Achusim
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“Weight” by Emmanuel Achusim presents a selection of ten photographs that portray the artist within a single white interior. As an individual from the African country of Nigeria, who now lives in Ukraine, Achusim’s use of this basic photographic arrangement bursts open a range of multi-cultural issues that are equally understandable as we share the view of an individual man whose blackness remains immersed inside the monolithic white walls of the photography studio.
Throughout “Weight” the photographer shows himself in different poses that make the content of his work immediately accessible, rather than buried in metaphors. “Blur” for instance, shows the image of a man from the back. The individual not only appears in the distance, but the subject himself is a silhouette whose personal individuality is left as an unknown feature.
“Hypocrisy” presents a sitting portrait of the artist who wears a clock over his face, maintaining anonymity while leaving this image open for other viewers to identify with. “Depression,” “King over Nothing,” “The Aftermath of Pride,” and “The Fall of Adam,” reveal the individual’s daily struggle in a world that is against one, a perceived heavy weight of opposition.
“No Security,” “Pepper Spray 2,” “Lazarus,” and “Man,” first appear to show a subject who shrugs off the weight of the world around him. However, the subtle tone of intimidation seen in “Man,” suggests that these still moments set forth by Achusim are more about complacency than inner peace.