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Onward, Africa (5 Photos)

Onward, Africa (5 Photos)

© Guy Tilim.

In Guy Tillim’s  “Avenue Patrice Lumumba” the South African photographer examines modern African society against a backdrop of colonial and post-colonial architecture. Traveling through numerous African countries, including Mozambique, Angola and The Democratic Republic of Congo, Tillim captures a society in transition, stuck between modern aspirations and the political suppression and conflicting ideologies of the past. Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago with funding provided by the Lanna Foundation, the exhibition will run through August at the Blue Sky Gallery, Oregon’s Center for the Photographic Arts.

Above: City Hall offices, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2007.

© Guy Tilim. Above: Library, sports club, Kolwezi, DR Congo, 2007.

 

 

© Guy Tilim. Above: Apartment Building, Avenue Bagamoyo Beira, Mozambique, 2008.

 

© Guy Tilim. Above: Typists, Likasi, DR Congo, 2007.

© Guy Tilim. ABove: Apartment builiding, Luanda, Angola, 2007.

 

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  1. “captures a society in transition, stuck…”

    It’s not in transition, it is stuck. I was born in north Africa, and until the 1990s traveled extensively through the continent. My recent trip has just confirmed that the sub-Saharan Africa, where these photos were taken, has not moved, is not moving, and is certainly not going anywhere. Any pictures taken nowadays in RDC, Benin, Togo, Mali, Cameroon and so on have to be carefully dated, because they show exactly the same situation that existed 20 or 40 years ago: crumbling buildings (relatively recent ones are so poorly done they are already falling apart), lack of resources, civil servants waiting to go back home after their day spent in a barren office, etc… etc… Your detached from reality accompanying text miss the point. If anything, it should bring the attention to the needs of a continent left behind. We are in the 21st Century, this place is 50 years behind.

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