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Friday, April 25th, 2014

Rwanda and the NY Times: On those images by Pieter Hugo pairing perpetrators and victims of the 1994 Genocide

“Portraits of Reconciliation,”–the photo-essay commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide–published recently in the New York Times, is a deeply disturbing piece of journalism.  Profoundly banal, the subtitle states, “20 years after the genocide in Rwanda, reconciliation still happens one encounter at a time.” Repetitive and reductive,  the narrative reduces violence to a set of meaningless

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

The end of “the colonial gaze”?

The weekend after Hurricane Sandy hit NYC, AIAC’s Sean Jacobs and I (we’re academics in our day jobs) attended Encounters with the African Archive, a symposium at New York University. The symposium coincided with the exhibition series Distance and...

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Pieter Hugo on ‘political correctness’

Pieter Hugo, the critically acclaimed South African photographer, has done an interview with Guernica (H/T Glenna Gordon) in which he seems to be taking issue with criticisms of his work, especially the “Nollywood” series: “It’s quite scary when academics start...

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

What Pieter Hugo’s photographs stand for or what they can and cannot tell

In a guest post Andrea Stultiens writes about Pieter Hugo retrospective at The Hague Museum of Photography (The Netherlands). "The exhibition in The Hague also made me realize that I am not the only person overestimating and...

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Spoek Mathambo’s World

No we’re not on a mini-Spoek Mathambo marathon today. Intrigued by Spoek’s remix of Seun Kuti and the trailer for his new album, we googled Spoek anew and stumbled upon this video of a 2011 presentation Spoek gave...

Monday, December 19th, 2011

10 photographers to watch in 2012

As part of a series of year-end posts--we're taking a break from Friday, December 23, till January 5, 2012, we're hoping to post 10 "Lists of 10" this week. (We're trying to be cool by calling it...

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