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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…..

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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”…..

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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 at the same time underestimating what Hugo’s photographs stand for or what they can and cannot tell with what they show.”

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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…..

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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 “10×10″). So two lists per day. Orlando Reade, who blogs for us from London, starts us of with his list of 10 photographers to watch in 2012. He’s picked five African artists and five Europeans who have been working in Africa.

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Recycling Rubbish

Many of you know those spectacular images of burning computer parts and beautiful, sad young men, taken in some God-forsaken corner of polluted Ghana where the ‘West’ has dumped all…..

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Tofo Tofo

So about those pantsula references in Beyonce’s latest video: Beyonce and her choreographer, Frank Gatson Jr, had seen a Mozambican group, Tofo Tofo, on Youtube. This is Gatson talking to…..

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Beyoncé and the Hyena

American R&B singer Beyonce has described the new video for her single “Run This World (Girls)” as “futuristic,” “electronic” and “African.” Of the overload of half-references in the video, some…..

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Skin-Deep

Photographs are perceived to represent reality in their reference to a subject; their ability to create these physical, indexical connections to reality in viewers’ minds means that photography is often…..