African Cosmologies: Photography, Time and the Other (9789053309322)
Curated by renowned London-based curator, Mark Sealy MBE, the FotoFest Biennial 2020, African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other brings together over 30 artists from around the globe whose works challenge traditional notions of Blackness and transnational histories in relation to concepts of liberty, rights, and representation. Taking its cues from John Coltrane's avant-garde jazz oeuvre, wherein formal modernisms of the past are made complex by radical imagination and black-futurity, this presentation of diverse ideas, artistic approaches, and material histories proposes a cosmological exploration of Africa and the contemporary African diaspora; one that defies easy categorization and spatial and temporal boundaries. In their unique practices, the featured artists turn an eye to social, cultural, and political conditions that inform and influence concepts of representation as they pertain to image production and circulation in Africa and beyond. These artists question the ways in which subjectivity is constructed and deconstructed by the camera, and in the process, reveal legacies of resistance by those who defy traditional ideas of sexual, racial, gender-based, and other marginalized identities. Mark Sealy writes, "Photography for those locked out of the means of image production becomes an impossible barrier to the right to full and equal human recognition. Especially if existence alone is an act of survival." The FotoFest Biennial 2020 takes place from March 8 - April 19, 2020 in Houston TX.
Publisher: Schilt Publishing (05/05/2020)
Hardcover: 352 pages
Item Weight: 2.25lbs
Dimensions: 9.50h x 6.90w x 1.20d
About the Author
International, Fotofest: - FotoFest International, a platform for art and ideas, presents the first and longest-running international Biennial of photography and new media art in the United States. A cultural non-profit organization based in Houston, Texas, FotoFest organizes year-round exhibitions. FotoFest creates new opportunities for cross-cultural and international exchange through photography and new media art. In addition to its exhibitions, it sponsors one of the most respected international portfolio reviews for artists as part of its Biennial programs. Founded in 1983, FotoFest has curated or presented groundbreaking exhibitions on photo-based art from Latin America, China, Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, Korea, Japan, England, Germany, France, the Middle East and North Africa. It has created presentations on Latino photography in the U.S., African-American women artists, new photographers from Texas, artists working with digital technologies, and Contemporary U.S. Photography.