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African Emerging Photography: A survey of the new generation of African photographers

At the FNB Joburg Art Fair 2013 | 27-29 September 2013


Photo credit: Uche Okpa‐Iroa (Nigeria) Under bridge life, 2009

"While the 9th edition was taking place in Bamako, a travelling exhibition of the Bamako Encounters was in Paris, at the Paris Photo event in November 2011, paying homage to the crucial role the Encounters have played since their creation in 1994, in discovering, promoting and recognising African photography.

With the many exhibitions on display during the 9th edition, the Biennial offered once more a taste of the excitement and permanent revival of the African photographic scene with, in particular, the emergence of a new generation inventing its own codes of expression to narrate, interpret and transform the world surrounding it.

It is this new generation, characterised by its dynamism and creativity, which we decided to put forward in the exhibition presented today at the Joburg Art Fair and initiated in Paris Photo, with a selection of twelve young photographers introduced during the last editions of the Bamako Encounters.

The variety of subjects and languages chosen by the artists reveals their commitment and at the same time their search for new artistic forms. Through their cutting or poetic language, each one of them is considering reality in an original way, revealing unique approaches that go against set imaginative worlds.

As a reflection of the world, photography is changing and, while today the golden age of studio portraits which strongly characterised decades of African production seems far away, the establishment of contemporary African photography is only just beginning." 

Michket Krifa and Laura Serani

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This exhibition curated by Michket Krifa and Laura Serani, Artistic Directors of the 8th and 9th Bamako Encounters, the African Biennial of Photography, will showcase twelve African photographers: Abdoulaye Barry (Chad), Arturo Bibang (Equatorial Guinea), Mohamed Camara (Mali), Nestor Da (Burkina Faso), Fatoumata Diabate (Mali), Husain and Hasan Essop (South Africa), Baudouin Mouanda (Congo Brazzaville), Zanele Muholi (South Africa), Jehad Nga (Lybia/USA), Uche Okpa-Iroha (Nigeria), Nyaba Léon Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso), Nyani Quarmyne (Ghana).

The Bamako Encounters are organised by the Malian Ministry of Culture in collaboration avec the Institut français and with the support of the European Union, with the support of Dupon, Circad and Picto.

African Emerging Photography: A survey of the new generation of African photographers is presented at the FNB Joburg Art Fair with the support of the Institut français and the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS).

More information on www.fnbjoburgartfair.co.za 

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