Snap Judgments highlights a shift away from the commercial studio portraiture that predominated in Africa in previous decades, revealing a new and surprising emphasis on conceptual art, documentary, and fashion photography. Most of the works shown here were produced since 2000. Many were made within the past year, and several were commissioned specifically for the exhibition.
Guy Tillim: Ntokozo and his brother Vusi Tshabalala at Ntokozo’s place, Milton Court, Pritchard Street, Johannesburg, 2004
© Guy Tillim, International Center of Photography
Photo courtesy of International Center of Photography
A number of distinct themes run through the exhibition: local responses to the international media and the touristic gaze; framing the African body; identity and postcolonial memory; urban sites; and the machines and institutions of modernity.
Snap Judgments was curated by Okwui Enwezor, who also authored the accompanying catalogue. Enwezor was Artistic Director of documenta 11, Kassel, Germany (1998–2002), and the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale (1996–97).
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