Fabrice Monteiro, 'Signare, Saint Louis', #15, 2011 
Fine art digital print, edition of 5, 120 x 80 cm, Courtesy of Mariane Ibrahim Gallery
Fabrice Monteiro, 'Signare, Saint Louis', #15, 2011 Fine art digital print, edition of 5, 120 x 80 cm, Courtesy of Mariane Ibrahim Gallery 

Arriving at an intersection between photojournalism and fashion photography, Fabrice Monteiro discovered his talent for the sensitivity of portraiture with specific relativity to his homeland Africa. Anthropological investigation forms the basis of Monteiro’s portraiture. Through an amalgamation of the aesthetics and histories of two interrelated continents, Monteiro initiated a photographic study based on devices worn during slavery, which shaped the series ‘Marrons. Les esclaves fugitifs’ (Brown runaway fugitive slaves). For ‘Marrons,’ Monteiro adopted the technique of chiaroscuro by designing a portable studio. He then sought out his models on the streets of Ouidah, a port city in Benin best known for its central role in the slave trade during the 17th–19th centuries.

Monteiro’s works have been exhibited widely; most recently a series of his, The Prophecy (2013), was included in the itinerant Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design (exhibited across 2015–2016 at Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein in Germany; Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain; and Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) in Spain).