Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography
12 Oct 2007 - 06 Jan 2008
The National Gallery of Canada (NGC) is proud to present, exclusively in Canada, the exhibition Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography, featuring over 165 works by 40 acclaimed artists from a dozen African countries. Organized by the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York City, the exhibition will open on Friday, 12 October, and continue until Sunday, 6 January 2008, inclusive. Photography has maintained a vital presence in African culture for over a century. However, African photography has changed dramatically in the last decade, exerting an increasing influence on contemporary African art. The works in Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography – most of which were made in 2005–06 – move beyond both African and Western influences to experiment with and explore new aesthetic territories. Snap Judgments probes four recurring themes in contemporary African photography: Landscape, Urban Life, The Body and Identity, and History and Representation. The exhibition features photographic works, multimedia installations, and documentation of performance art.