Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography

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Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography features approximately 250 works by 30 artists from across the African continent. The book presents a range of highly individual artistic responses to the unprecedented changes now taking place in the economic, social, and cultural spheres of African nations and provides new insight into the increasing role of the visual arts within the global cultural community. In addition to introducing audiences to the multiple imaginations and voices that constitute today's African artists, the book will explore the way that this body of photo-based art arises from the dialectic of traditional African aesthetic values and Western influences.
Contemporary African photography has emerged during a period of significant historical and social change, including the post-World War II de-colonization movements, the quest for independent national identity, and the effects of globalization and modernity. Snap Judgments explores African photography in terms of content and style, organized into four main thematic groups that reflect the issues addressed by African artists today--landscape; urban formations; the body and identity; and history and representation -- around which Africa's experimental artists have articulated individual artistic styles and languages.
The book was written and edited by Nigerian independent curator and art historian Okwui Enwezor, who is widely recognized as one of the world's foremost experts on contemporary African art. It includes an additional essay by art historian Colin Richard, an appendix on recent exhibitions of African photography, artist bios, and a general bibliography.

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Okwui Enwezor is a Nigerian curator, critic, and poet. He has worked as an independent curator and has written extensively on contemporary African art and artists, as well as on American and international art. Curatorial projects include In/Sight: African Photographers, 1940-Present, the Guggenheim Museum, New York (1996); Modern Life, the Aljira Center for Contemporary Art and Newark Museum (1994); Mirror's Edge, the Bild Museet, Umea, Sweden; Castello di Rivoli, Torino, Vancouver Art Gallery; and Tramway, Glasgow (1999-2001); and Stan Douglas: Le Detroit at the Art Institute of Chicago (2000).

Most recently, Enwezor organized The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945-1994, the Museum Villa Stuck, Munich; The Martin-Gropius Bau in Berlin; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and P.S.1, New York (2001-2002). In 2002 he served as the artistic director of Documenta 11 in Kassel, Germany. For Documenta 11, Enwezor co-edited a series of volumes: Democracy Unrealized, Experiments with Truth: Transitional Justice and the Processes of Truth and Reconciliation, Creolite and Creolization, and Under Siege: Four African Cities, Freetown, Johannesburg, Kinshasa, and Lagos (Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2002).

He is the founding publisher and co-editor of Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, copublished with the Africana Studies Centre at Cornell University and is the co-editor of Reading the Contemporary: African Art from Theory to the Marketplace (InIVA and MIT Press, 1998).

Enwezor was awarded the Peter Norton Family Foundation Curator's Grant (1998), and is a recipient of a Ford Foundation Research Grant. He lives in New York.

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This massive catalogue of the International Center of Photography's 2006 exhibition of contemporary African photography gives a thought-provoking introduction to how African artists have engaged with the international art world while sustaining their uniquely African points of view, whether they live at home or abroad. With artists hailing from South Africa to Morocco, the exhibit is a visceral reminder of the vastness and variety of a continent that colonial history has misunderstood and objectified, according to exhibit curator Enwezor. His introductory essay, although difficult reading for those unfamiliar with academic art-speak, provides an indispensable guide to this work, giving a context for what otherwise might overwhelm or mystify. He challenges assumptions of "Afro-pessimism" propounded by literature and the media that "focus on the exotic potentials of both man and animal," equating colonial photographer and African with hunter and game. In contrast, these artists wrench the image of Africa back from "the touristic gaze" to create a humanized, individualized iconography, while claiming their places within the international art community. From Randa Shaath's documentation of Cairo's precariously thriving rooftop community of artists to Kay Hassan's spooky portraits made from Polaroid negatives discarded by self-employed street photographers, this collection reveals an Africa looking with "fined-tuned alertness" at a rapidly changing world. (July)Correction: The author of Lost Cosmonaut (Reviews, May 22) is Daniel Kalder.
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Book Description STEIDL, 2006. Couverture rigide. Book Condition: Neuf. Dust Jacket Condition: Neuf. Dans ce généreux ouvrage, Okwui ENWEZOR, professeur d'histoire de l'art dans plusieurs universités américaines et directeur artistique de la onzième documenta de Cassel en 2002, dresse un large panorama de la jeune photographie contemporaine africaine - les artistes présentés sont nés entre 1958 et 1985 - et analyse ce mouvement parallélement aux évolutions et bouleversements du continent africain et ses rapports avec l'esthétique et les valeurs typiquement africaines ainsi qu'avec les influences de l'Occident. Parmi les 35 auteurs de cette intéressante réunion de 261 photographies, citons Tracey ROSE, Doa ALY, Andrew DOSUNMU, Yto BARRADA, Luis BASTO, Maha MAAMOUN, Lamia NAJI, Fatou Kandé SENGHOR, Otobong NKANGA, Zwelethu MTHETHWA, Ali CHRAÏBI, Sada TANGARA, Mamadou GOMIS, Moshekwa LANGA, James MURIUKI, Guy TILLIM, Kelechi AMADI-OBI, Amaize OJEIKHERE. -Snap Judgments. New Positions in Contemporary African Photography (17 vignettes) par Okwui ENWEZOR -After In/sight : Ten Years of Exhibiting Contemporary African Photography par Vanessa ROCCO Publié à l'occasion d'une exposition présentée par l'International Center of Photography (ICP) à New York, du 10 mars au 28 mai 2006. .Biographies (35 artistes) .Liste des œuvres exposées .Bibliographie Avant-propos de Willis E. HARTSHORN Première édition Cartonnage noir, jaquette illustrée (Untitled, Z. MTHETHWA, 2003) ------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------- Auteur(s) : Okwui Enwezor Editeur(s) : Göttingen, Steidl Co-éditeur(s) : New York, International Center of Photography Date de parution : 2006 Langue(s) principale(s) : ANGLAIS Dimensions : 24,5 x 32,5 cm. Nombre de pages : 384 ISBN : 3-86521-227-7 Code-barres : 9783865212245. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-6957753459

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