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photography by Kate Wilhelm

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representations of Africa

With South Africa’s World Cup fast approach, there’s been a lot of talk of Africa in the media and on blogs. Just yesterday, I came upon two discussions worth passing on. AFRICA IS A COUNTRY reposted a piece by a London Lara Pawson writer about how Western media talks about Africa. She says, “I have almost reached the stage where I believe that any interest in that huge and complicated continent can only be false and without meaning. Africa has become perhaps a parody of Africa.” I recommend you read the whole thing.

Conscientious then pointed me to this post calling for new visual stories of Africa.

I think the CONTACT exhibition at Gallery 44 showed contemporary African photography working along similar lines. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see the show… life kept distracting me, but I hope there will be other opportunities down the road.

2 Responses to “representations of Africa”

  1. Pete Brook Says:

    Kate. I have been thinking about South Africa recently too. Lots of (African) photographers in my mind, but I am also interested how these visitors will frame the Summer, sport and peoples of the countries they visit:

    Ian Van Coller and Zachary S Allen: http://www.worldcup2010.ianvancoller.com/
    Daniel Cuthbert: http://vimeo.com/10976181
    Thomas Hoeffgen: http://www.hatjecantz.de/controller.php?cmd=detail&titzif=00002668&lang=en

    Best, Pete

  2. kate w Says:

    Pete, thanks for the links! I love Ian Van Coller’s work and I’ve been following Daniel Cuthbert for a couple of years. I’m not familiar with Thomas Hoeffgen, off to check him out.

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