Donderdag 14 Oktober 2021
Special exhibition: Through the lens of - Photographers from the African Photojournalism Database
Offering reimagined visual narratives from across the African continent, this exhibition showcases the work of visual storytellers selected from the African Photojournalism Database (APJD). At the core of the APJD is the mission to share refreshing and diverse stories told by photographers often overlooked by the global media industry—stories that are not widely seen in the current media landscape. Through the lenses of 16 photographers from 11 countries, nine men and seven women, this collection connects a range of views on identity, daily life, traditions and change. The APJD members share their reflections on identity, from explorations of gender in Maputo, Mozambique to reviving Amazigh heritage in rural Libya. Moments of everyday life are highlighted to provide more nuanced views and confront stereotypes, from contrasts in Casablanca, Morocco to youth and social landscapes in Algiers, Algeria. The visible impact of climate change in Madagascar and Zanzibar is underlined, and we’re also given insight into political and social change, including the 2019 protests in Khartoum, Sudan and the coping mechanisms of those who have survived terrorism in Nigeria. Stories of love and families feature strongly, from couples in Cape Town, South Africa, to the value of community in Gondar, Ethiopia. This exhibition was created in partnership with the National Museum of World Cultures to celebrate a new generation of photographers who are redefining what should be seen, through the stories that matter to them. Featuring work by Mohamed Altoum (Sudan), Salih Basheer (Sudan), Kwasi Darko (Ghana), Noncedo Gxekwa (South Africa), Nada Harib (Libya), Yassine Alaoui Ismaili, alias Yoriyas (Morocco), Amina Kadous (Egypt), Tracy Keza (Rwanda), Mahmoud M Khattab (Egypt), Jacques Nkinzingabo (Rwanda), Ayobami Ogungbe (Nigeria), Rijasolo (Madagascar), Fethi Sahraoui (Algeria), Sydelle Willow Smith (South Africa), Martha Tadesse (Ethiopia), and Etinosa Yvonne (Nigeria).