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Neo-African Identity

Elizabeth Tsevi-Unterdörfer

NEO-AFRICAN IDENTITY is a fashion series showcasing black female artists. It combines traditional African prints and fabrics with modern cuts and trends. Elizabeth Tsevi-Unterdörfer is in search of her roots and how African fashion forms her identity. Aiming to combine both of her home countries, with Togo and Africa in the broader sense being represented through fashion and Germany through location, she demonstrates that clothing and identity belong together. The photoshoot took place on Sylt, a small island in the north of Germany that fully represents the country and plays an important role in the photographer‘s personal history.

Elizabeth Tsevi-Unterdörfer

Elza Tsevi-Unterdörfer’s work explores the borders of fashion photography. She is intrigued by the human body and its ability to express nearly everything. Elza uses the language of fashion to tap into notions of human connection to themselves and to one another. Each of her projects is not just about a certain subject, but about her equally. Every experience Elza goes through is reflected and fundamental for her development as an artist.

What was the most challenging experience during your studies?

Trusting my work.

Who or what inspires you?

Creative friends and family, dancing, music and watching the clouds pass by.

What advice would you give to students who just started studying in your programme?

Don't let anybody or yourself pressure you. Patience is key.

Why did you choose to study in your programme?

Because I wanted to study something I love: Photography!

What are you not going to miss in your studies?

The 'studying' part.

How are you going to celebrate your graduation?

With a small exhibition of my work.

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