Black Panther brings a whole new level of excitement for black people, young and old, as the cast of characters and creative team behind the upcoming film are all people of color. Àsìkò, a London-based photographer hailing from Nigeria, wanted to take the concept of Black Panther‘s representation a bit further by using black children to recreate the highly-anticipated movie’s promotional posters.
“As a kid who read comics, Black Panther was one of the very few black superheroes I came across,” Àsìkò wrote on his Instagram page. “For a child, it is a beautiful thing to see yourself represented in a positive light in pop culture. What is also great is that it’s a hero steeped in culture and heritage and not drug deals or street thugging…”
The artist was commissioned by the U.K. talent agency “Looks Like Me” to create the portraits of the young kings and queens posing like the film’s stars. In the series, you’ll see a young girl named Camiyah, whose photo was inspired by Letitia Wright’s character Shuri, as well as Malakai, who was inspired by Michael B. Jordan’s character Erik Killmonger.
“Ryan Coogler and Marvel Studios have made a film that is part of the positive narrative changing voice of Africa and the black race and, boy, does it matter,” he continued. “I can imagine a child being empowered watching Black Panther thinking, ‘That superhero looks just like me.’”
Check out the stunning photos below.
Representation matters Client work for the passion project of @lookslikemeuk — “For so long, Black actors have been forced to usually play roles like the comic relief, the ghetto best friend, or the thug villain (with the exception of actors such as Denzel Washington and Viola Davis). But with the introduction of the Black Panther in the film industry, it’s proof Black actors can play more than the stereotypical roles we’ve been reduced to. We can play heroes, we can play kings, we can play the role of one of the most important members of the biggest @Marvel superhero coalition, and so much more. Needless to say, we can play dope roles.” ~ The Odessey Online — Client work for @lookslikemeuk Beautiful Asa inspired by Daniel Kaluuyas W’abi @danielkaluuya. Both kings. These images are Inspired by @blackpanther and will be exhibited on 9th February @britishfilminstitute Stylist @basmakhalifa Talent @lookslikemeuk Face paint @nygloriousfacearts Thanks @vinecreatives for connecting me to this project #artphotography #portraiture #BlackPanther #wakandaforever #WelcomeToWakanda #asiko #BlackPantherFanMovie #africanheritage #fineartportrait #MCU #MarvelStudios #MarvelCinematicUniverse