Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Guy Tillim

Guy Tillim's most recent body of work examines the modern history of Africa through its civic architecture. Avenue Patrice Lumumba travels through several countries in Africa, including Mozambique, Angola and The Democratic Republic of Congo.
The series reflects on the architecture of colonial and post-colonial Africa, looking at the many city streets named after Patrice Lumumba, one of the first elected African leaders of modern times. Lumumba became the first Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1960 but was assassinated in 1961. Streets that bear his name have come to represent both the idealism and decay of an African dream
Currently on at The Photographers Gallery

It would be too trite to comment on the politics of Africa, but these images are very beautiful and more subtle than some of the more text book photographs that so often come out of Africa.

1 comment:

materfamilias said...

These are fabulous -- I love(!!!) that top photo -- it's so strong.