African Transitions: 1980 - 2010
African Transitions: Reflections and Change 1980-2010, visually explores through photography diverse images and perspectives of African countries over the last 30 years. The work in this exhibition reflects the aesthetic and creative visions and observations of seasoned documentary and commercial photographers who have traversed Africa since 1980. During this same period Africa experienced significant social, political, health, and military events and changes that continue to impact the world well into the 21st century.
A portrait emerges from the exhibit of a new Africa wrestling with substantial structural change and challenge while attempting to maintain a footing in the evolving socio-political global order. The works and exhibit represent this dynamic period encompassing Africa’s last 30 years of histor...
AlgiersAlgiers, in more than 30 photographs, is southern Mediterranean, North African, Berber, Arabic, French, religious, secular, post-colonial, bustling, intimate, architectural, organic. Jean-Pierre Hautecouer spent from 2004-2007 in the city and lived in the old sector, the casbah. Charles Martin visited Algiers during the summer, 2009, a guest of the Algerian Ministry of Culture for the 2nd Pan African Festival (PANAF 2009) of Algiers. He contributed photographs and an essay to the current issue of the New York University journal Black Renaissance (10.1, Spring 2010). Hautecoeur’s photographs are part of a global work incorporated into a film co-directed with the French journalist Anne Cazalès in 2007.
The casbah can be thought of as a “town inside a city” with codes and rituals of its own. Its ...