Weekly Roundup: African Art in Dutch Context, Mexican Mobile Photography Show and More

Weekly Roundup: African Art in Dutch Context, Mexican Mobile Photography Show and More

Revelations V (2011)
Copyright Kudzanai Chiurai

VIDEO: This is Not Africa – this is us
Video of a panel that took place on February 7, 2014 at Kunsthal Rotterdam with professor Nana Adusei-Poku, curator Simon Njami and artists Kudzanai Chiurai, Simon Gush, Renzo Martens, Senam Okudzeto and Kemang Wa Lehulere. It’s moderated by Jelle Bouwhuis, the head of Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam. The panel was part of a triple exhibition of video and photography work by Zimbabwean artist Kudzanai Chiurai at West Galerie in The Netherlands.

The video is quite long (over 1.5 hrs) but it gets really interesting around 55:00 when Njami objects to the moderator’s use of the word “framing” and this need to trivially frame the work of African artists with geographical references without addressing the actual work itself. There’s a subliminal tone of frustration and uneasiness surrounding this panel but it’s worth watching as the issues addressed are vital towards leveling the playing field for African artists.

“Cayman Islands”
From the series Delicatessen with Love
Copyright Gabrielle Galimberti

Delicatessen with Love by Gabrielle Galimberti
Galimberti travelled around the world to photograph women in their homes with signature dishes from their cultures, ingredients included. There’s so much to discover in these photos as they show both the similarities and differences within each culture and their respective cuisines. I also love that each woman’s pose/demeanor shows such a sense of pride over their domain and culinary expertise. This photo series will have you salivating and perhaps even bring back memories of your own family matriarchs.

Sindcato Mobile Photography Show in Chiapas, Mexico

Sindicato Mobile Photography Show in Mexico
June 12, 2014
Sindicato, a creative community focused on visual communication and mobile photography invites you to their first exhibition in Chiapas, Mexico at the CC186 exhibition space. The folks of Sindicato primarily use Instagram in their mission to establish and incentivize the Mexican creative community to specialize in the “mobile image” and other digital mediums.

Series of Photo Books on Ugandan Photography History
Ebifananyi is the title of the series of at least four, probably five and possibly more publications by History In Progress Uganda (HIPUganda). The photographer Deo Kyakulagira is the first one. Each book will start from one photo collection in Uganda and explore its narrative possibilities in images supported by words.The noun Ebifananyi (which is the plural, singular is Ekifananyi) comes from the verb Kufanana, and means to be similar to. It is the Luganda word not only for drawings, or paintings or photographs, but for every two dimensional likeness.

Deo Kyakulagira (1940-2000) lived for his family and photography. He operated several studios, among which Central Art Studio Ltd. from the early 1970s until his untimely death in 2000. He worked for the Ministry of Agriculture and for the Department of Medical Illustration of the Mulago Hospital.

HIPUganda History In Progress Uganda collects and publishes photographs form (private) collections and archives in and about Uganda. Join the YdocFoundation for the book launch and exhibition of the first publication in the Ebifananyi series on June 13, 2014 in Amsterdam.


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