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Andrew Tshabangu, Nontsikelelo Veleko, Jodi Bieber and Thando Mama

In recent years, African photography has gathered phenomenal attention thanks to exhibitions like Snap Judgments, In/Sight, Flash Afrique, or publications like Revue Noire’s Anthology of African Photography. Museums, galleries and art events everywhere have offered an increased platform to photographers from the continent and consolidated a strong reappraisal, leading to major recognition like the Hasselblad Award and the Golden Lion award at the Venise Biennale going to African photographers David Goldblatt and Malick Sidibé.

At the forefront of this trend, the African Photography Encounters have been a crucial stage, beyond just documentary and social commentary, and a catalyst for African networks. The 7th African Photography Encounters will start on the 23rd of November in Bamako, Mali.

The exhibition Joburg-Bamako, a photographic encounter features four prominent South African artists invited to this year’s biennale: Andrew Tshabangu, Nontsikelelo Veleko, Jodi Bieber and Thando Mama.

19 October – 7 November 2007

Nontsikelelo Veleko, Hear no Evil, inkjet archival print, edition of 10, 2007