Today I had a wee talk with Alexander Supartono. To whom is not familiar with postcolonial photography, Alex is author of numerous art and photography essays and reviews, working on the historical and cultural (re)contextualization of photographic representations of the Sugar Industry in Colonial Java. He is also a board member of the Punctum magazine and online journal Trans Asia Photography Review. He is co-curator for Singapore International Photography Festival. As my ongoing project focuses around the representation of otherness, Alex lend me Africa Inside, an exhibition catalogue curated by Wim Melis. The Noorderlicht websites reports
Africa Inside is the main exhibition of Noorderlicht 2000, to be seen in the Fries Museum. The exhibition offers a blend of documentary and “autonomous” photography from East, Central and West Africa. Fourteen individual presentations are brought together in the show, presentations made by and for African eyes. Personal impressions, social documentation, stylized nudes, portraits and self-portraits: these are photographs that very few have seen, but that we will certainly still recognize in their engagement.
The aim of the exhibition is to provide the audience an introduction to photographers,- mostly unknown in the western world – working with photographs of Africa from within. While the (post)colonial component in the photographic layout is still present, I noticed a very different take on photography might worth exploring.
Photographers involved are Erick Ahounou, Philip Kwame Apagya, Alioune Bâ, Raymond Barthes, Ousmane Ndiaye Dago, Depara, Samuel Fosso, Dorris Haron Kasco, Mamadou Konaté, Pierrot Men, J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere, Ricardo Rangel, Moussa Sakho, Amadou Traoré, Albert Watson, Angèle Etoundi Essamba, Gigi Cohen, Chris Webster, Sebastian Schutyser, Roger Ballen, Petterik Wiggers and Kadir van Lohuizen.