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practicing the arts of cogitation since the late 1900s.

Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography

12 April – 17 July 2011
Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This exhibition presents the vibrant and sophisticated photographic culture that has emerged in post-apartheid South Africa. It features works by some of the most exciting and inventive photographers living and working in South Africa today. The photographs on display respond to the country’s powerful rethinking of [...]

Video on 8 young South African artists

(I can’t remember from which site I followed this link.)
…for those who live in it
Popculture politics and strong voices
May 21 – August 1, 2010 – Opening May 21 at 20 hrs
Athi-Patra Ruga – Gugulective – Spoek Mathambo & Richard Tha Third – Kudzanai ‘Kudzi’ Chiurai – Musa Nxumalo – Zanele Muholi – Anton Kannemeyer of [...]

Autograph ABP co-presents ‘Bamako in Toronto’ 3 June – 2 August 2010, Toronto, Canada

The Gladstone Hotel, 3 June – 2 August 2010, Toronto, Canada

Image caption: Zanele Muholi, Katiego Mashiloane and Nosipho Lavuta, Ext.2, Lakeside, Johannesburg 2007

Autograph ABP co-presents Bamako in Toronto with Volcano Theatre, Ryerson Gallery and Research Centre, Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity and the Gladstone Hotel.

Bamako in Toronto features a selection of images from photographers [...]

Zanele Muholi: Indawo Yami

Indawo Yami
22 April – 29 May 2010
Michael Stevenson is proud to present a solo exhibition of new photographs by Zanele Muholi.
Muholi has made headlines in recent weeks, following Minister of Arts and Culture Lulu Xingwana’s denunciation of her work on the exhibition Innovative Women as ‘pornographic’, ‘immoral’ and ‘offensive’. The minister’s comments were widely seen [...]

Baartman Colloquium–online (updated)

This colloquium is now available online at

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  • CARLAGIRL PHOTO was founded on 14 February 1999 by Carla Willliams, a photographer, writer, and editor, born, raised and heading back to (yea!) Los Angeles, California.

    It was established with two goals: to be able to make my own work widely available for free, and to make accessible my research about artists of the African Diaspora, especially photographers, and in particular women. As it developed it grew to also include GLBTQ artists.

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    • Taking a Break November 11, 2011
      Site visitors will probably notice that I haven’t updated here frequently. I am taking a break from my site(s) for at least the summer. I’ve been working in this field for 25 years and I’m burned out on photography and art, the site(s) are in need of major updates/ revamping/ retooling, social media is exhausting, [...] […]
    • A New Mission for Aperture? November 11, 2011
    • Mambu Badu’s Inaugural Magazine November 11, 2011
      Danielle was briefly a contributor to this site; I am very excited to hear about her latest venture, the collective and now journal Mambu Badu “that seek to find, expose, and nurture emerging female photographers of African descent.”  Congrats, Danielle! As you may (or may not) know, last fall, I co-founded Mambu Badu, a photography collective […]

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