New York

Guy Tillim, Ntokozo and his brother Vusi Tshabalala at Ntokozo's place, Milton Court, Pritchard Street, Johannesburg, 2004, pigment print on cotton paper, 19 3/4 x 28 1/8“. From ”Snap Judgments."

New York

“Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography”

International Center of Photography Museum (ICP)
250 Bowery
March 10–May 28, 2006

Curated by Okwui Enwezor

A successful attempt to comprehend contemporary art practices in Africa must encompass broad geopolitical and cultural diversity. For this sweeping survey, Okwui Enwezor has chosen thirty-five artists from twelve countries on the epic continent, most of whom have never exhibited abroad. The more-than-two-hundred works on view include photographs, videos, installations, and performance documentation, and explore themes familiar to Western discourse: identity (through race, gender, and the body); historic trauma and representation; and political narratives in a postcolonial nation. Revealing far more common ground than visitors may have anticipated, the exhibition promises to reframe our understanding of African photography, making us question what may have been our own snap judgments.