Africa: See You, See Me
AFRICA: SEE YOU, SEE ME! portrays the history of African photography and also its influence on non-African imaginings of Africa and the African diaspora in all their diversity. Together, the photographs are texts of African subjectivities, archives of history and societies in the making, and methods for understanding how images contribute to emancipation. They critique the pathologies of postcolonial and neocolonial Africa by depicting the continent’s communities disentangling themselves from repressive nation states. While some of the photographs document the participation of Africans in state affairs, others portray the formation of post-national voluntary communities as tools of empowerment. Africa is more than a place. It is also in the many spaces of sensibility within and beyond the continent – in Europe, the Americas, and Asia -- that African artists pry open to install their presence. Their interventions in exhibition halls beyond the continent of their heritage have made a mark on recent photographs of Africa and Africans by non African photographers. Moreover, they have spurred intra-African, inter-textual dialogues about self-representation in Africa itself.
AFRICA: SEE YOU, SEE ME! Portrays the history of African photography and also its influence on non-African imaginings of Africa and the African diaspora in all their diversity. The exhibition was the result of a proposal made by Lisbon’s centre of contemporary arts, AFRICA.CONT to Awam Amkpa, the exhibition’s curator, and professor at Tisch School of the Arts at the New York University. After touring New York, Lisbon, Accra, Lagos and Florence, the Macau- Angola Association invited Awam Amkpa to bring the exhibition to Li-Space as part of the 2011 Caochangdi PhotoSpring of Arles in Beijing. The Macau – Angola Association, believes that it is important to promote a cultural exchange between Africa and China given the today’s ever more strong economical relation.