These Are Not Portraits From Life; They Are Creations – A Special Project at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, United Kingdom
Deadline: 31 August 2017

Tazuri Projects Special Projects Exhibition: 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Images via https://www.africaportraits.com/open-call/

Tazuri Projects Special Projects Exhibition: 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Images via https://www.africaportraits.com/open-call/

Historically, portrait photography has been disconnected from everyday life, as an intentional and premeditated act. People visited photography studios to create or immortalise important milestones and events, prompting Albert Camus to characterise the products of the Algerian photography studios of the mid-century as “these are not portraits from life; they are creations”.

As a Special Projects exhibitor at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London (October 5-8, 2017) Tazuri Projects plans on setting up a portrait photography booth, as a nod to the studios which were extremely popular before the mid-2000s throughout Africa.

The main motivation behind this project is to introduce new models of both engagement and preservation. This exhibition plans on examining a variety of topics- including the role of changing technologies and their part in memory preservation and a continent’s reclaiming narratives through a self-produced archives via an open call in the lead up to the exhibitions for Africans and the diaspora.


Open Call

Please submit already existing photographs from portrait studios taken in Africa from 1950s-2000s to create the audience derived exhibition and archive. The specific type of photographs depicting individual(s), in a designated studio from the continent.

Tazuri Projects is looking for old family photographs- look through your old family albums, boxes in attics, storages, ask your family, etc.

Tazuri Projects is not looking for anything recent or any works by African | diaspora contemporary artists!

Out of the submitted photographs; 52 will be chosen representing each African country and will be on exhibition during the art fair.

Please do submit high resolution scan, with the date and location and name of the individuals if you have it. Please submit if you have any photographs that fit the call to wided@tazuri.com


During the fair, visitors will be able to take ‘selfies’ at the booth, and upload their images

The open call for photo submissions for the wider audience to participate in the exhibition’s archival process will continue during the exhibition.

Find out more about the project here www.africaportraits.com

Tazuri Projects is a creative non-profit platform that want to repurpose creativity as a tool, pursuing a community minded agenda and contributing to change. The platforms works on curating transformative experiences to drive social change particularly for under-represented groups and practitioners. Tazuri Projects believes in the collaborative power of artists, social builders, and audience interaction to create change through art and  cultural events. The primary interest lies in collaborating and engaging with historically marginalized and non- traditional groups wherever they may be. Tazuri Projects is also personally invested harnessing the potential of artists and creatives to produce meaningful dialogue and art. Tazuri Projects helps create and curate exhibitions and social initiatives all with the aim of diversifying and elevating the conversation around both cultural initiatives and the individuals involved. Tazuri Projects was founded by American- Algerian cultural entrepreneur, curator, and writer Wided Rihana Khadraoui.


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