28.04.2017 to 26.08.2017

Ausstellung: "Bilder des Zeitgeschehens. Pressefotografie und Archive in Afrika"

The exhibition Images of Current Affairs. Press Photography and Archives in Africa is based on the "Press Photo Archives Buea, Cameroon. Long-Term Protection, Preservation and Access” project, which was carried out between 2013 and 2015 by African Photography Initiatives. It shows the importance of preserving Africa’s press photo archives and offers everyone interested in historic photography the opportunity to get to know and enjoy these photographs and archives. If Africa’s visual heritage falls into oblivion and is no longer put to use, there could be the risk that these press photo archives will literally disappear.

The exhibition takes you on a historic walk and focuses on the content, function, use and organisation of government-owned press photographs, and, in particular, the Buea Press Photo Archives, Cameroon. On display are also some magnificent press photos from South Africa that - due to the anti-apartheid movement - have developed quite a specific dynamic. As we want to highlight how relevant press photography is in Africa today, we also show photographs of the winners of the Uganda Press Photo Award of the last six years. Works from the project "Reinterpreting Historical Photographs", which was also initiated by African Photography Initiatives, are also part of the exhibition showing the various ways of current artistic explorations of historic photographs.

Duration of the exhibition: 29 April - 26 August 2017

Opening hours of the exhibition: Monday - Saturday 08:00 - 22:30

Curated by: African Photography Initiatives (Jürg Schneider and Rosario Mazuela)

To book a guided tour contact juerg.schneider@unibas.ch

Further information: flyer (pdf) / Link

Venue: Basel University Library, Schönbeinstrasse 18-20, 4056 Basel


University of Basel
Centre for African Studies
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CH-4051 Basel
Tel.: +41 (0)61 207 34 82