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Present Tense

Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris

Photographies du sud de l'Afrique. The exhibition brings together work by 14 artists and highlight the contemporary tensions that exist in their countries and societies in general. Part of the France - South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013.

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Curator: António Pinto Ribeiro

Photographs: Délio Jasse, Dillon Marsh, Guy Tillim, Jo Ractliffe, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Mack Magagane, Malala Andrialavidrazana, Paul Samuels, Pieter Hugo, Sabelo Mlangeni, Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, Filipe Branquinho, Mauro Pinto and Sammy Baloji

A coproduction of Gulbenkian Next Future Program and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Paris.

2011 saw the commemorations of twenty years since the end of Apartheid in South Africa. In collaboration with the Gulbenkian Next Future programme, the French Delegation of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation pays tribute to photographers from the south of Africa.
Being interested in Africa implies being involved in a continent where the history of photography is particularly important. Little known in Europe despite their talent and incisive outlook on their societies, two important generations of photographers are presented here.
Two tendencies can be outlined: while some of them demonstrate that they have not forgotten their past and their history, others are now turned towards the future.

The exhibition will bring together work by 14 photographers and highlight the contemporary tensions that exist in their countries and societies in general. The sometimes unusual thematic choices and the mise en scène have been carefully thought through, with social questions of identity and public space at the centre of the work; these tensions become productive and contribute to the wealth of these artists' propositions.

The exhibition will first open in Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon on 21 June 2013.

Press contact:
Miguel Magalhães 01 53 859376
Clémence Bossard 01 53 859381

This exhibition is part of the France - South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013

Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian Paris
39 Bd de la Tour-Maubourg 75007 Paris
Monday - Friday : 9am - 6pm
Saturday : 11am - 6pm
Closed Sundays
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