Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography

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Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography features approximately 250 works by 30 artists from across the African continent. The book presents a range of highly individual artistic responses to the unprecedented changes now taking place in the economic, social, and cultural spheres of African nations and provides new insight into the increasing role of the visual arts within the global cultural community. In addition to introducing audiences to the multiple imaginations and voices that constitute today's African artists, the book will explore the way that this body of photo-based art arises from the dialectic of traditional African aesthetic values and Western influences.

Contemporary African photography has emerged during a period of significant historical and social change, including the post-World War II de-colonization movements, the quest for independent national identity, and the effects of globalization and modernity. Snap Judgments explores African photography in terms of content and style, organized into four main thematic groups that reflect the issues addressed by African artists today--landscape; urban formations; the body and identity; and history and representation -- around which Africa's experimental artists have articulated individual artistic styles and languages.

The book was written and edited by Nigerian independent curator and art historian Okwui Enwezor, who is widely recognized as one of the world's foremost experts on contemporary African art. It includes an additional essay by art historian Colin Richard, an appendix on recent exhibitions of African photography, artist bios, and a general bibliography.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783865212245
  • Publisher: Gerhagerrd Steidl
  • Publication date: 11/21/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 12.70 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Okwui Enwezor is a Nigerian curator, critic, and poet. He has worked as an independent curator and has written extensively on contemporary African art and artists, as well as on American and international art. Curatorial projects include In/Sight: African Photographers, 1940-Present, the Guggenheim Museum, New York (1996); Modern Life, the Aljira Center for Contemporary Art and Newark Museum (1994); Mirror's Edge, the Bild Museet, Umea, Sweden; Castello di Rivoli, Torino, Vancouver Art Gallery; and Tramway, Glasgow (1999-2001); and Stan Douglas: Le Detroit at the Art Institute of Chicago (2000).

Most recently, Enwezor organized The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945-1994, the Museum Villa Stuck, Munich; The Martin-Gropius Bau in Berlin; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and P.S.1, New York (2001-2002). In 2002 he served as the artistic director of Documenta 11 in Kassel, Germany. For Documenta 11, Enwezor co-edited a series of volumes: Democracy Unrealized, Experiments with Truth: Transitional Justice and the Processes of Truth and Reconciliation, Creolite and Creolization, and Under Siege: Four African Cities, Freetown, Johannesburg, Kinshasa, and Lagos (Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2002).

He is the founding publisher and co-editor of Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, copublished with the Africana Studies Centre at Cornell University and is the co-editor of Reading the Contemporary: African Art from Theory to the Marketplace (InIVA and MIT Press, 1998).

Enwezor was awarded the Peter Norton Family Foundation Curator's Grant (1998), and is a recipient of a Ford Foundation Research Grant. He lives in New York.

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Table of Contents

New positions in contemporary African photography
Okwui Enwezor
Pt. 1 The uses of Afro-pessimism 10
Pt. 2 Contemporary African art and globalization 20
Pt. 3 The analytical impulse in contemporary African photography 27
Plates 47
After in/sight : ten years of exhibiting contemporary African photography 350
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