Monday, 2 September 2013

"For a sustainable World" - Bamako Photography Encounters - temporary exhibition - Gulbenkian Museum, Lisboa - The 1st of September 2013

According to what I read on these encounters photographers were invited  to testify, expose and also identify approaches for action, signs of resistance and prevention for the construction of a sustainable world, bearing in mind the fact that many African countries recently celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their independence and thus feel the call for drawing up a balance sheet of their own accomplishments and simultaneously cast a critical eye on political and social structures that may have hindered the expected development. 

The variety of the chosen themes provided a clear overview of the artistic production on the continent and diaspora nowadays. I had a tremendous difficulty to photograph the exhibited photographs because of the glass reflection, but was nevertheless happy to have at least tried to capture some of those.

From the series"The Zionist" - 2010-2011  by Mario Macilau (Mozambique).

"Turkana" - 2009 by Jehag Nga (Lybia).

From the series "Djoliba, les gens du fleuve" - 2009 by Raymond Dakoua (Ivory Coast).

From the series " Vivre les pieds dans l'eau" -2009 by Elise Fitte -Duval (Martinique).

From the series "Mismatches" - 2011 by Délio Jasse (Angola).

From the series "The slaughter boys" - 2011 by Nana Kofi Acquah (Ghana)

From the series "Erreur humaine" - 2010 by Nyaba Léon Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso).

 "Someone else's junkyard" - 2010 by Sophia Baraket (Tunisia).

Whenever I come across photos of Africa I invariably think back of my "African period", particularly the one spent in the inner part of Angola and the "life" lessons I managed to withdraw from that experience in regards to overcoming major difficulties by working hard but above all by being creative and yet humble in one's attained level of creativity.

I wish I had had time to see the other temporary exhibition on South Africa, a country I haven't yet had the possibility to visit, but whose historical "deroulement" I have always regarded as an example of endurance and perseverance ...

"Present Tense" was the name of the exhibition I will not be able to see ... but a country's future I will hopefully continue to "follow" ...

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