Zanele Muholi’s Work Part of the Walther Collection’s “Distance and Desire” New York Symposium
Zanele Muholi’s work is part of an art symposium in New York organised by the Walther Collection, where it can be seen in one of the three-part exhibitions, called “Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive”.
The exhibition was discussed at the museum’s photography space by social and cultural analyst based at New York University, Awam Amkpa. He described Muholi’s photography as blurring “distinctions between periods, genders, and sexualities in their contemporary reimaginings of colonial portraiture”. ArtInfo and The Guardian’s Africa Network both published reviews of the exhibition:
Last night Awam Amkpa, an associate professor of drama and of social and cultural analysis at New York University, addressed a packed gallery at German photography museum the Walther Collection’s Chelsea project space, which is currently hosting the middle show in its three-part exhibition series “Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive.” Amkpa discussed works by African photographers included in the show and others through the lens of Europeans’ ethnographic photography of the continent, and analyzed how today’s artists have appropriated that colonizing discourse in empowering and productive ways.
Photography from and about Africa is gaining interest and scholarship, judging from the turnout at the symposium Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive, held recently in New York. Organised by the Walther Collection, the symposium builds on their current three-part exhibition, of the same name, curated by Tamar Garb.
- Zanele Muholi: Faces and Phases by Zanele Muholi, edited by Michael Stevenson, Federica Angelucci
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Images courtesy The Guardain