Aperture #227
Platform Africa

Aperture Magazine, New York / United States

June 6, 2017

Aperture #227
Platform Africa

Summer 2017


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This summer, Aperture takes an in-depth look at the dynamic spaces that have shaped conversations about photography in Africa for the last twenty-five years—the biennials, experimental art spaces, and educational workshops in which artists and audiences interact with photography. “Platform Africa” presents a new generation of artists who have connected through such platforms as the Bamako Biennale in Mali and Addis Foto Fest in Ethiopia, and is produced in collaboration with guest editors Bisi Silva, founder and artistic director of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Lagos, Nigeria; John Fleetwood, former head of Johannesburg’s Market Photo Workshop and current director of Photo:, a new African initiative; and Aïcha Diallo, associate editor of Contemporary And.


“Five Cities, Five Platforms”
Contributions by Emmanuel Iduma, Serubiri Moses, Carole Diop, Yasmine El Rashidi, and Brendan Wattenberg

“Bamako Revisited”
The legacy of Mali’s influential photography biennial
by Bisi Silva

“Through the Lens”
In Bamako, visions of a rapidly changing city
by Franziska Jenni

“The Lives of Samuel Fosso”
A master of self-portraiture returns to center stage
A Conversation with Yves Chatap

“School Days”
From South Africa’s Market Photo Workshop, the voices of a new generation
by Sean O’Toole

“Truth Telling & High Fashion”
The golden age of Africa’s leading magazine
by Rita Potenza

“Raw Land”
Reinventing documentary in North Africa
by Morad Montazami

“Sabelo Mlangeni”
Introduction by Bongani Madondo

“Malala Andrialavidrazana”
Introduction by Antawan I. Byrd

“Mimi Cherono Ng’ok”
Introduction by Hansi Momodu-Gordon

“Nico Krijno”
Introduction by Sara Knelman

“Jody Brand”
Introduction by Jenna Wortham

“Ashley Walters”
Introduction by Candice Jansen

“Abdo Shanan”
Introduction by Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

“Délio Jasse”
Introduction by Silas Martí

“Eric Gyamfi”
Introduction by M. Neelika Jayawardane

“François-Xavier Gbré”
Introduction by Sean Anderson 

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