Friday, August 14, 2015

The Walther Collection - The Lay of the Land, new visions from Africa

Mame-Diarra Niang, Satellite I, from Metropolis, 2015.

The Walther Collection has announced the inauguration of a new multi-year exhibition series on contemporary photography and video art from Africa, to be presented in thematic exhibitions in New York from 2015 to 2017. Expanding the collection's longstanding focus on African photography, this program features a diverse range of emerging artists who are exploring new visions of social identity in Africa and the African Diaspora.

The first exhibition, The Lay of the Land, which opens Thursday September 10, brings together three young artists who are examining the effects of the built environment on African landscapes from Dakar to Johannesburg. Born a generation after the liberation movements that swept Africa in the 1960s, Edson Chagas (Angola), François-Xavier Gbré (Côte d'Ivoire), and Mame-Diarra Niang (Senegal/France) investigate the promises and failures of the postcolonial city. Uniting their works is a vivid attention to color and form. The artists systematically portray monumental civic buildings or banal apartment complexes, imposing avenues or lonely corners, profiling spaces discovered on travels within the African continent and abroad. Their images of physical structures and public spaces -- whether functional or incomplete -- are encoded with the values, dreams, contradictions, and politics of urban life. In The Lay of the Land, rather than providing purely documentary statements, Chagas, Gbré, and Niang pose open-ended questions about the changing visual narratives of the landscape.

You can go to The Walther Collection website HERE.

The Walther Collection Project Space, 526 West 26th Street, Suite 718 New York, NY 10001

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