Deadline: Thursday, August 31, 2017
Tazuri Projects will be a Special Projects exhibitor at the upcoming 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. The project is an audience generated exhibition. There is an open call for photograph submissions from Africans and the diaspora of portraits taken in studio from the 1950s to mid 2000s. There will be a total of 52 portraits on display. Tazuri Projects will also set up a portrait photography studio at the booth – with a period appropriate backdrop and accessories –and invite the audience to take selfies.
Historically, portrait photography has been disconnected from everyday life, as an intentional and premeditated act, prompting Albert Camus to state that the products of the Algerian photography studios of the mid-century as “these are not portraits from life; they are creations.”
At its essence, it’s an archival project. The main motivation behind the exhibition is to explore new models of both engagement and preservation through nontraditional avenues and interactions. Inviting Africans to be involved in the process of collecting is part of the path of reclaiming the continent’s narrative, and highlighting elements of historical collective trends and part of increasing representation in today’s creative sector.
Additional Information about the project and how to submit can be found at www.africaportraits.com.