Photo Exhibit Recreates Iconic Film Scenes with Black Models

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"Thelma and Louise"

Hollywood is known for it's rampant white-washing, but what would our favorite films look like if all the characters were recast with Black women?

Senegalese and French-American photographers, Omar Victor Diop and Antoine Tempé, chose to answer that question which their photo series for hotel group Onomo International.

The photos feature a host of black models posed as classic film characters with the hotels as the backdrop.

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"Breakfast at Onomo's"

The collaboration between the photographers and the hotel group is called ONOMOllywood and features 20 images in total. About the images, photograph Omar Victor Dioup said: 

ONOMOllywood is a celebration of cinema, as an artistic discipline and of the magic of a great movie. For Antoine Tempé (the co-author of the series who created 10 out of the 20 images) and myself, what makes a great movie is the fact that the strength of its characters, plot and scenes transcends all geographic, temporal and racial barriers. A great movie is more than a series of sequences, it becomes a moment that is lived across the globe by people who have very little in common, but who relate to extraordinary stories that allow them to dream.

The example I always give is the magic of a James Bond movie; back when I was a kid, I didn’t care whether Roger Moore was white or black, or whether I was a British citizen… to me, he was a hero I could impersonate. After watching A View To A Kill, I firmly believed my pajamas were a tuxedo and that my mom’s kitchen was actually some concrete jungle where I would chase after criminals… That’s what cinema has brought to me and it still somehow does, to my adult life. A great movie is a dream.
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"American Beauty"

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"The Matrix"

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"Blow Up"

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The exhibition is currently on view at Onomo Dakar until May 12. Learn more here


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