The Walther Collection

Walther Collection brings African photographers to New York

The Walther Collection is launching a three-part series of exhibitions in its New York project space focusing on emerging African photographers and video artists. The shows will run between 2015 and 2017.

Mame-Diarra Niang, Satellite I, from Metropolis, 2015

Mame-Diarra Niang, Satellite I, from Metropolis, 2015

The Walther Collection is launching a three-part series of exhibitions in its New York project space focusing on emerging African photographers and video artists. The shows will run between 2015 and 2017.

The first show, Lay of the Land (10 September-16 January 2016), includes works by the Angolan photographer and Golden Lion winner Edson Chagas, the Côte d’Ivoire-based artist François-Xavier Gbré and Mame-Diarra Niang, who lives between Paris and Dakar. It will be the first time each artist has shown in New York. The exhibition explores post-colonial architecture and how monumental civic buildings, incomplete apartment complexes or crumbling petrol stations represent the politics of urban life in Africa.

The second exhibition, due to open next year, will focus on social documentary photography and portraiture; while the third, in 2017, will examine performance and the body.

The third show will also include video works—a medium growing in popularity among contemporary African artists. The programme will culminate in a large-scale exhibition at the Walther Collection museum in Neu-Ulm in Bavaria.

 

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