Mike Mellia's Fashion Portraits Shine a Light on South Sudanese Conflict

Mike Mellia's Fashion Portraits Shine a Light on South Sudanese Conflict

Advertising and fine art photographer Mike Mellia brings focus to the South Sudanese conflict with his new series 'Our Side of the Story: South Sudan'.  Mellia joined forced with African Supermodel Nykor Phor, a former political refugee and activist, to produce fourteen hauntingly beautiful portraits of South Sudanese immigrants who managed to escape and build a new life in America. Subjects included Nykor Phor, models/sisters Ajak Deng and Ataui Deng, actor Ger Duany, musician Emmanuel Jal, and several others who have immersed themselves in the various realms of art, fashion, cinema, education, and philanthropy here is the U.S.  The exhibit is currently on display at Tapir Editions at 39 White Street in Tribeca, New York City.

Supermodel/refugee/activist and founder of 'We are Nilotic' Nykor Phor. Photo by Mike Mellia.

Supermodel/refugee/activist and founder of 'We are Nilotic' Nykor Phor. Photo by Mike Mellia.

Supermodel/refugee/activist Ajak Deng.Photo by Mike Mellia.

Supermodel/refugee/activist Ajak Deng.Photo by Mike Mellia.

Supermodel/refugee/activist Ataui Deng. Photo by Mike Mellia.

Supermodel/refugee/activist Ataui Deng. Photo by Mike Mellia.

Actor/activist/former 'child soldier' Emmanuel Jal. Photo by Mike Mellia.

Actor/activist/former 'child soldier' Emmanuel Jal. Photo by Mike Mellia.

Actor/humaniatarian/former 'child soldier' Ger Duany. Photo by Mike Mellia.

Actor/humaniatarian/former 'child soldier' Ger Duany. Photo by Mike Mellia.

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