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The Walther Collection: Reimagining The Colonial Archive

Contemporary Reconfigurations is the second part of curator Tamar Garb‘s exhibition Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive.


Contemporary Reconfigurations is the second part of curator Tamar Garb's exhibition Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive. The show brings together African and African American artists whose work is engaged with the sometimes beautiful, often haunting ethnographic photographs which are the visual remnants of Europe's colonial enterprise (see Tumblr and National Geographic for examples).

Some of Pieter Hugo's controversial portraits (famously ripped off by Beyonce) are exhibited alongside photographer and activist Zanele Muholi's work (above).  Many of these works will be familiar to followers of (that contested category) 'African art', but the aim of the exhibition is to  foreground the different ways they unravel, rework, assimilate or poke fun at the tropes of colonial photography.

A number of these works engage with the archive by questioning knowledge derived from the visual, and the medium of photography itself.  Carrie Mae Weems supplements ethnographic photographs with evocative snippets of text  - a gesture that undermines the idea of the photograph as a complete and factual record. Berni Searle's video piece Snow White (2001) suggests the inadequacy of  racial categories which, by relying on appearances, efface more complex realities (Searle's many ethnic and cultural heritages are erased by the blanket term 'coloured').

Given the curatorial project, the absence of work by South African photographer Cedric Nunn and artist Wangechi Mutu (the latter cuts up and collages ethnographic National Geographic images) is felt. However the exhibition promises to provide space for a loud, dissonant and exciting conversation among diverse artists.

Click through for more images from the show, which opens Friday, 30th November at the Walther Collection Project Space (528 W 26t Street, Suite 718and runs until March 9th 2013.

Pieter Hugo, Pieter Hugo, Cape Town, from “There’s a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends,” 2011 Courtesy of The Walther Collection

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Photos: Here's What Happened at Daily Paper & Free the Youth's Design Talk for Accra's Young Creatives

Founders of the popular brands discussed all things African streetwear in a conversation facilitated by OkayAfrica and moderator Amarachi Nwosu.

Last week, Amsterdam-based, African-owned streetwear brand Daily Paper and Ghanaian streetwear label Free the Youth held a talk for young creatives at the Mhoseenu design studio in Accra, Ghana.

Moderated by Melanin Unscripted creator Amarachi Nwosu and presented in partnership with OkayAfrica, the design-based conversation explored everything from sustainable practices in manufacturing, to the overall evolution of streetwear globally. The founders of Free the Youth, which was been called Ghana's number one streetwear brand, expanded on how they've been able to build their audience, and shared details about their community-based initiatives.

They event, which took place at the Daily Paper Pop-up Store in Accra last Friday, drew a fashionable and creative-minded crowd ready to partake in a design discussion between West Africa and Europe.

Check out some of the action that took place at the Daily Paper x FYT event below, with photos by Abena Boamah.

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South Africans will tell you that December is not just a month, it's an entire lifestyle. From beginning to end, it's about being immersed in a ton of activity with friends and family as well as any new folk you meet along the way. Whether you're looking to turn up to some good music or watch some provocative theater, our guide to just 14 cultural events happening in South Africa this December, has something for everyone.

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Bobi Wine Supporter Allegedly Killed by Ugandan Police During a Demonstration

The death comes after chaos ensued when the Ugandan police fired teargas and live ammunition to disperse a crowd of Bobi Wine supporters.

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Stormzy, YBN Cordae, Ari Lennox and Col3trane Added to Rocking The Daisies 2020 Lineup

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