present tense

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Photos from the south of Africa
António Pinto Ribeiro and Patricia Hayes

2011 saw the commemorations of twenty years since the end of apartheid in South Africa. In collaboration with the Gulbenkian Next Future programme, the French Delegation of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation pays tribute to photographers from the south of Africa.

Being interested in Africa implies being involved in a continent where the history of photography is particularly important. Little known in Europe despite their talent and incisive outlook on their societies, two important generations of photographers are presented here. Two tendencies can be outlined: while some of them demonstrate that they have not forgotten their past and their history, others are now turned towards the future. The exhibition will bring together work by 14 photographers and highlight the contemporary tensions that exist in their countries and societies in general. The sometimes unusual thematic choices and the mise en scène have been carefully thought through, with social questions of identity and public space at the centre of the work; these tensions become productive and contribute to the wealth of these artists’ propositions.

António Pinto Ribeiro and Patricia Hayes.

Works by:
Délio Jasse, Dillon Marsh, Guy Tillim, Jo Ractliffe, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Mack Magagane, Malala Andrialavidrazana, Paul Samuels, Pieter Hugo, Sabelo Mlangeni, Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, Filipe Branquinho, Mauro Pinto and Sammy Baloji

French, English, Portuguese

Published by Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian