EXHIBITION: Black Chronicles II at Rivington Place, London, UK from September 12 – November 29, 2014
Autograph ABP presents Black Chronicles II, a new exhibition exploring black presences in 19th and early 20th century Britain, through the prism of photography – particularly studio portraiture. The exhibition presents over 200 photographs, which present new knowledge and offer different ways of seeing the black subject in Victorian Britain, and contribute to an ongoing process of redressing persistent ‘absence’ within the historical record.
Samuel Fosso at Walther Collection, New York from September 12, 2014 – January 17, 2015
The Walther Collection presents a survey of works by Samuel Fosso, one of the most renowned contemporary artists working in Africa. Since the mid-1970s, Fosso has focused on self-portraiture by transforming his body through performance, envisioning variations on African identity in the postcolonial era. His early experimental works and later series create a new imagery opposed to both the ethnographic visions of Africa and the commercial imperatives of studio portraiture.
Émilie Régnier: Mali Passport
via foam: ‘I am really driven by the idea of showing a West African society that is growing,’ says Régnier. That means ignoring the easy and the rote: pictures of elites quaffing champagne, or images cataloguing the atrocities of war. Witnessing with a camera takes many forms. For Régnier, photographic truth is located in the bodily presence of young West Africans proudly negotiating their future, a diverse future of many possibilities.’
admiring the covers of these bauhaus books. bibliothèque kandinsky have recently published 9 of these publications as downloadable PDFs (in german)
WORD! WORD? WORD! Issa Samb and the Undecipherable Form at Raw Material Company - Dakar, Senegal
1. africa hall women’s student residence, kwame nkrumah university of science & technology, kumasi
2. faculty of science, university of ghana, cape coast
3. mfantsipim boys school, cape coast
4. wesley girls school, cape coast
Important photographic/cultural theory advice from Mark Sealy, director of Autograph ABP. Published in Aperture’s ‘The Photographer’s Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas’. (via Autograph’s twitter)
Namsa Leuba “Kitende Congo”
Photographed by Simon Weller, “South African Township Barbershops & Salons” documents the prominence of small barbershops and salons in South Africa, and their symbolism as places for local community members to socialize in conversation. More photography finds.