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Aperture #227

Aperture Magazine
#227, Summer 2017

Platform Africa

This summer, Aperture takes an in-depth look at the dynamic spaces that have shaped conversations about photography in Africa for the last twenty-five years—the biennials, experimental art spaces, and educational workshops in which artists and audiences interact with photography.

“Platform Africa” presents a new generation of artists who have connected through such platforms as the Bamako Biennale in Mali and Addis Foto Fest in Ethiopia, and is produced in collaboration with guest editors Bisi Silva, founder and artistic director of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Lagos, Nigeria; John Fleetwood, former head of Johannesburg’s Market Photo Workshop and current director of Photo:, a new African initiative; and Aïcha Diallo, associate editor of Contemporary And.

FRONT
Agenda
Radical Women, Walker Evans, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Arwed Messmer, and David Hockney

Redux
Geoffrey Batchen on The Era of the Photograph, 1966

Backstory
Maria Morris Hambourg on Irving Penn

Curriculum
by Leslie Hewitt

BACK
Aperture Beat

Object Lessons
Self-Portrait by Chief S.O. Alonge, Nigeria, ca. 1942

WORDS
Editors’ Note: Platform Africa

Five Cities, Five Platforms
Contributions by Emmanuel Iduma, Serubiri Moses, Carole Diop, Yasmine El Rashidi, and Brendan Wattenberg

Bamako Revisited
The legacy of Mali’s influential photography biennial
by Bisi Silva

Through the Lens
In Bamako, visions of a rapidly changing city
by Franziska Jenni

The Lives of Samuel Fosso
A master of self-portraiture returns to center stage
A Conversation with Yves Chatap

School Days
From South Africa’s Market Photo Workshop, the voices of a new generation
by Sean O’Toole

Truth Telling & High Fashion
The golden age of Africa’s leading magazine
by Rita Potenza

Raw Land
Reinventing documentary in North Africa
by Morad Montazami

PICTURES
Sabelo Mlangeni
Introduction by Bongani Madondo

Malala Andrialavidrazana
Introduction by Antawan I. Byrd

Mimi Cherono Ng’ok
Introduction by Hansi Momodu-Gordon

Nico Krijno
Introduction by Sara Knelman

Jody Brand
Introduction by Jenna Wortham

Ashley Walters
Introduction by Candice Jansen

Abdo Shanan
Introduction by Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

Délio Jasse
Introduction by Silas Martí

Eric Gyamfi
Introduction by M. Neelika Jayawardane

François-Xavier Gbré
Introduction by Sean Anderson