Images of Current Affairs.
Press Photography and Archives in Africa
19 April – 20 May 2018
Photobastei, Sihlquai 125, Zürich
After a successful show during four months in the summer of 2017 at the university library Basel the exhibition Images of Current Affairs. Press Photography and Archives in Africa is now shown in Zürich at Photobastei.
Richly illustrated, the exhibition provides visitors with an insight into the political, social and economic development of colonial and post-colonial times in numerous African countries, as documented by state and private press agencies. In addition, it documents the function, use and organization of a medium that has contributed so much to the formation of national identities by visualizing the struggles for self-determination and justice.
While most of the material in the exhibition comes from the press photo archive in Buea, a small part of the exhibition shows press photos from South Africa, which have developed a special dynamic and language in the context of the local and international anti-apartheid movement. The results of a contemporary, artistic examination of historical photographs provide an insight into their possible uses beyond purely scholarly questions and applications.