Nº. 1 of  1

Art Photo Collector

Posts tagged africa:

"I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself."—Madiba

Jackie Nickerson’s solo exhibition, Terrain, opens tomorrow at the Jack Shainman Gallery here in NYC and will run until the 15th of February. Nickerson is a skilled commercial photographer who, in 1996, accepted an invitation to visit Zimbabwe. Like many others, she was captivated; three weeks turned into four years and a life-long connection with the country and the continent.

I am new to Nickerson’s photographs, but immediately sense the integrity, and the yearning for beauty. These portraits, which like any good work, are collaborative and emotive, have a soft-spoken and quiet richness that reveals itself subtly. For anyone who has had the good fortune to travel in southern Africa, Nickerson’s lovely attention to the land and the light will make you smile. Her subjects are everyday people, and so are we. —Lane Nevares

"A portrait! What could be more simple and more complex, more obvious and more profound." —Charles Baudelaire 

The 33rd edition of the New York AIPAD Photography Show kicks off on April 4th. For collectors and enthusiasts, this is a superlative opportunity to see the finest work going on in photography. More than 80 galleries and dealers worldwide are represented, including Brooklyn-based gallery, Klompching, who will be exhibiting for the first time. Their current show “Conflict and Costume,” by photographer Jim Naughten, features striking portraits of members from the Herero tribe of Namibia. Against the backdrop of the southwestern African landscape, we see Herero history carefully revealed through a conflation of fashion. Naughten’s use of strong flash lighting under a bright sun gives the portraits an added boost—colors burst and skin shines. 

The AIPAD show, events and talks continue through April 7th. Mark your calendars and treat yourself to one of the best chances of the year to see (and buy) an impressive array of work from all over the world, from historical to contemporary and everything in between. See you there. Lane Nevares 

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." —Carl Sagan

One of the four artists recently shortlisted for the prestigious 2013 Deutsche Börse Prize is the Spanish photographer, Cristina De Middel, whose self-published book, “The Afronauts" takes us into the world of the Zambian space program of the 1960’s. Yes: the Zambian space program.

Known as the “Zambia National Academy of Science, Space Research and Philosophy,” the unofficial organization, lead by an ambitious man named Edward Nkoloso, wanted Zambia, despite it’s Russian and American competitors, to be the first to Mars. Now that’s ambition for you.

Cristina De Middel carefully reveals the story through a brilliantly crafted photobook that creates an experience of both history and imagination. I have only perused a copy, but found the enigmatic photographs, charts, letters, and layout to be first-rate. De Middel, who is also a photojournalist, is skillfully blurring truth & fiction. None of these photos were taken in Zambia. And none of them are “real” in their depiction of actual events. De Middel is challenging our unwarranted belief in the photograph: the idea that what we see is somehow true, real, and authentic. When, after all, it’s just a photograph. —Lane Nevares