Photographer Guy Tillim is currently exhibiting his series, titled Libreville, at the Stevenson Gallery in Johannesburg. Percy Zvomuya from the Mail & Guardian caught up with him to discuss his latest work.
Zvomuya compared Libreville to Tillim’s Avenue Patrice Lumumba series, in which he spent time “photographing streets in six African states that are named after the slain hero”. The exhibition is running until April 19.
In terms of genealogy, one could say that Guy Tillim’s new exhibition Libreville has a sibling in Avenue Patrice Lumumba, his work from a few years ago. Both reference the same geographic region, countries watered by the Congo River, states without whose contributions a word like kleptocracy wouldn’t mean much.
For Avenue Patrice Lumumba, Tillim worked on a simple yet fascinating idea: going around photographing streets in six African states that are named after the slain hero. The streets are in Angola, Benin, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Madagascar and Mozambique. But Tillim said this work owes much to the lessons he learnt while photographing landscapes in the South Pacific and São Paulo.
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