Published on Thursday, July 21st, 2011
A unique exhibition showcasing the connections in photography between Africa, color, and color photography, entitled, “Africolor
” will be on view in New York at Danziger Projects until September 10th.
While photography in Africa in the 19th century was mainly a European enterprise, due in part to financial reasons, by the middle of the 20th century it was beginning to take off from all across the African continent.
This rare exhibition pieces together modern and contemporary photography in Africa, saturated in colorful hues from a range of African and European photographers. The artists shown include, Daniele Tamagni, Malick Sidibe, Ruud van Empel, Lolo Veleko, Martin Parr, Samuel Fosso, and Mickalene Thomas.
The show is summed up by a work by JR, the street artist who has launched his intervention style installations of photographs worldwide. The piece, “Women Are Heroes
”, JR photographed women from Kenya’s Kibera slum and then mounted their faces printed on waterproof vinyl material on railway trucks and tin roofs across the slum.