This book is a reproduction of an artwork, bearing the same title, by Santu Mofokeng. The work, which is as much a research project as it is a work of art, is comprised of private photographs collected, scanned, and retouched over a number of years by the artist. Each of the original images were commissioned by urban black working and middle-class families in South Africa between 1890 and 1950, a time when the government was entrenching its infamous policies towards those designated as natives. Painterly in style, the images evoke the artifices of Victorian photography and reveal something about how the people captured within the frame imagined themselves, asking meditative questions on the meaning of African imagery: Who were these people?, What were their aspirations?, Are these images evidence of mental colonization or did they serve to challenge prevailing images of The African in the western world? In this work Mofokeng thus analyses the sensibilities, aspirations and self-image of the urban black population in South Africa and its desire for representation and social recognition in times of colonial rule and suppression. This book contains the complete sequence of slides with reproduced photographs and Mofokengs own texts. The Black Photo Album / Look at Me: 1890-1950 also features selections from Mofokengs field notes and the original, unretouched photographs, published for the first time.
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Buchbeschreibung Steidl Gerhard Verlag Dez 2013, 2013. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. 274x190x25 mm. Neuware - with the so-called civilised workers, almost without exception their civilisation was only skin deep. O. Pirow, quoting South African Prime Minister J. B. M. Hertzog For this book Santu Mofokeng collected private photographs which urban black working and middle-class families in South Africa commissioned between 1890 and 1950, a time when the government was creating policies towards thosedesignated as natives . Painterly in style, the images evoke the artifices of Victorian photography. Some of them are fiction, a creation of the artist in terms of setting, props, clothing and pose yet there is no evidence of coercion. We believe these images, as they reveal something about how these people imagined themselves. In this work Mofokeng analyses the sensibilities, aspirations and self-image of the black population and its desire for representation and social recognition in times of colonial rule and suppression.The Black Photo Album / Look at Me: 1890 1950 is drawn from an ongoing research project of the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. 100 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9783869303109