A mesmerizing, continent-spanning survey of the most dynamic scenes in contemporary African photography, and an introduction to the creative figures who are making it happen.
Africa State of Mind gathers together the work of an emergent generation of photographers from across Africa, including both the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa. It is both a summation of new photographic practice from the last decade and an exploration of how contemporary photographers from the continent are exploring ideas of Africanness to reveal Africa to be a psychological space as much as a physical territory a state of mind as much as a geographical place. Dispensing with the western colonial view of Africa in purely geographic or topographic terms, Ekow Eshun presents Africa State of Mind in four thematic parts: Hybrid Cities; Inner Landscapes; Zones of Freedom; and Myth and Memory. Each theme, introduced by a text by Eshun, presents selections of work by a new wave of African photographers who are looking both outward and inward: capturing life among the sprawling cities and multitudinous conurbations of the continent, turning the legacy of the continent s history into the source of resonant new myths and dreamscapes and exploring questions of gender, sexuality and identity. Each of the photographers seeks to capture the experience of what it means, and how it feels, to live in Africa today.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Hybrid City 2. Inner Landscapes 3. Zones of Freedom 4. Magic & Memory
The Photographers Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou, Leila Alaoui, Kader Attia, Atong Atem, Shiraz Bayjoo, Girma Berta, Jodi Bieber, Guillaume Bonn, Filipe Branquinho, Edson Chagas, Kudzanai Chiurai, Jabulani Dhlamini, Omar Victor Diop, Yagazie Emezi, Andrew Esiebo, Lalla Essaydi, Hicham Gardaf, Francois-Xavier Gbre, Maimouna Guerresiv, Eric Gyamfi, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Pieter Hugo, Delio Jasse, Keyezua, Lebohang Kganye, Phumzile Khanyile, Namsa Leuba, Michael Macgarry, Osborne Macharia, Sabelo Mlangeni, Mohau Modisakeng, Zanele Muholi, Youssef Nabil, Jehad Nga, Nobukho Nqaba, Musa N. Nxumalo, Emeka Okereke, Uche Okpa-Iroha, George Osodi, Ruth Ossai, Dawit L Petros, Athi-Patra Ruga, Zina Saro-Wiwa, Thabiso Sekgala, Michael Tsegaye, Nontisikelelo Veleko, Zakaria Wakrim, Alexia Webster, Kyle Weeks