Striking Portraits of Unknown African History

For his latest photo series, “Project Diaspora,” Senegalese artist Omar Victor Diop uses soccer as a metaphor linking the rich history of Africans in Europe to the struggle of those living on the continent today. After discovering a set of particularly striking portraits of important Africans in Europe, Diop decided to insert himself in the images while adding soccer balls, cleats and other gear as a nod to the dilemmas of current players, who are celebrated on the field but marginalized off. Diop also hopes to shed light on the current struggles of African migrants journeying to Europe, many of whom have perished.