Renee Maria Osubu is an award-winning British Nigerian photographer and film director from London.
The work shown is a blend of Osubu’s two projects ‘Fathers & Figures’ and ‘Dear Philadelphia’. Both which centre around the themes of community, identity, race and childhood. Fathers & Figures, which was commissioned by Leica Camera, explores the importance of capturing and normalising the tenderness of the black fatherhood experience in the UK, as well as highlighting the significance
of black father figures within the community. Like much of Osubu’s work, this project harnesses the political power of documenting these experiences. Part of the photo series has been exhibited around the UK, after winning The Portrait of Britain Award.Osubu often uses the nuances of everyday life as her visual language, and working on Dear Philadelphia was no different.
It became an ode to a neighbourhood and it’s residence. In 2021 her short film Dear Philadelphia, which was an extension of her photography series, premiered at Sundance film Festival, it won at Blackstar Film Festival and qualified for the OSCARS and BAFTAs