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personae & scenarios - the new african photography
Maha Maamoun Beach 2005 lightbox 75x50cm

personae & scenarios - the new african photography

Malala Andrialavidrazana » Lara Baladi » Hala Elkoussy » David Goldblatt » Maha Maamoun » Tracey Rose » Mikhael Subotzky » Nontsikelelo "Lolo" Veleko »

Exhibition: – 31 Mar 2006

Brancolini Grimaldi Arte contemporanea

Via dei Tre Orologi, 6/a
00197 Roma

Brancolini Grimaldi


Roma


www.camillagrimaldi.com

closed now Camilla Grimaldi Gallery

personae & scenarios - the new african photography
Maha Maamoun Beach 2005 lightbox 75x50cm

Brancolini Grimaldi Arte Contemporanea presents Personae & Scenarios – The New African Photography. Through a vast and eclectic selection of photographs, Personae & Scenarios invites the viewer to discover the unexplored world of contemporary African art, seen here on a comprehensive scale for the first time in Italy. Both the complexity and the diversity of the African continent are evidenced in this exhibition, bringing together works from some of the most important figures in African contemporary art, featuring both emerging and more established African artists. Through this rich and penetrating selection of work, the exhibition shows the hidden face of Africa: the creativity, wealth and culture of a continent full of life and of differences, a land as vast as it is difficult, expressing its contemporaneity through photography and video. Despite the growing trend of contemporary art in Africa, in the world of contemporary photography, it remains one of the few less chartered areas, a continent apart. Africa cannot be defined by a single country, but as an entire continent, and as such encompaasses an infinite variety of styles, customs, and languages. The exhibition shows the complexity and the prosperity of contemporary African photography, reflecting the wealth of culture and history of a continent in perpetual change. Personae & Scenarios – The New African Photography features work by Mikhael Subotzky (born Capetown, South Africa 1981), Lolo Veleko (born Capetown, South Africa 1977), Maha Maamoun (born California 1972, lives and works in Cairo), Lara Baladi (born Beirut, 1969, lives and works in Cairo), David Goldblatt (born 1930 in Randfontein, South Africa), Hala Elkoussy (born Cairo, 1974), Malala Andrialavidrazana (Antananarivo, Madagascar, 1971), and Tracey Rose (born Durban, South Africa 1974). From images of prisons in South Africa (Subotzky), to the exploration of street fashion in Johannesburg (Veleko), to fantastical collages of an immagined desert landscape (Baladi), the exhibition showcases a great array of work and experience. The visual energy and dynamic language of the work shown presents a unique portrait of contemporary Africa. Other current or upcoming exhibitions dedicated to contemporary African art include: "Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent", mostra itinerante: Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf; Hayward Gallery, Londra; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. "Rencontres de la Photographie Africaine", sesta edizione, Bamako, Mali, Novembre 2005. "Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography", International Centre of Photography, New York, March 2006. ______italiano______ Per la prima volta in Italia, la mostra invita alla scoperta dell’universo inesplorato dell'arte africana contemporanea attraverso una selezione, abbondante ed eclettica, di fotografie. La complessita' e l’eterogeneita' del continente africano sono presenti in questa esposizione, dove sono riuniti i lavori dei maggiori artisti africani contemporanei, alcuni gia' affermati, altri giovani meno noti nei circuiti dell'arte internazionale. Una selezione ricca e mirata che mette in scena il volto nascosto dell’Africa: la creativita', la ricchezza, la cultura di un paese estremamente vario e vivace, tanto vasto quanto difficile, che esprime la sua contemporaneita' con i mezzi piu' moderni del video e della fotografia. L’Africa e' oggi il tassello mancante nel grande mosaico dell’arte mondiale. L’Africa non e' un paese ma un continente, e come tale racchiude un’infinita varieta' di stili, tendenze, linguaggi. La mostra mette in luce la complessita' e la prosperita' della fotografia africana contemporanea, riflettendo la ricchezza culturale e storica di un paese in continuo cambiamento. Dalle antiche tradizioni del continente nero, fino ai modelli occidentali sempre piu' presenti, l’immagine dell’arte contemporanea africana si presenta in quest’esposizione per la prima volta al pubblico italiano, dispiegando con la molteplicita' degli stili, la diversita' e l’originalita' della creazione africana contemporanea. Personae & Scenarios - The New African Photography, presenta le bellissime e suggestive fotografie di Mikhael Subotzky (nato a Capetown, South Africa 1981), Lolo Veleko (Capetown, South Africa 1977), Maha Maamoun (California 1972, vive e lavora in Cairo), Lara Baladi (Beirut, 1969, vive e lavora in Cairo), David Goldblatt (Randfontein, South Africa, 1930), Hala Elkoussy (Cairo, 1974), Malala Andrialavidrazana (Antananarivo, Madagascar, 1971), e Tracey Rose (Durban, South Africa 1974). Dalle immagini delle prigioni in Sud Africa (Subotzky), all’esplorazione dello street fashion a Johannesburg (Veleko), fino ai fantastici collages fotografici di un fantastico e immaginario paesaggio desertico (Baladi), la mostra rivela un ritratto unico e straordinario della fotografia africana contemporanea.

personae & scenarios - the new african photography
Nontsikelelo (Lolo) Veleko
Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder
2003 - 2004 30 x 20 cm
personae & scenarios - the new african photography
Lara Baladi from the series "Oum el Dounia" 2000 60x50cm
personae & scenarios - the new african photography
David Goldblatt Intersections: Asbestos The mill at Pomfret Asbestos Mine began operating in 1978 and ceased when the mine closed in 1986. Pomfret, North West Province. 20 December 2002 98 x 124 cm