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Center for Visual Arts Contemporary African Photography

Center for Visual Arts
Contemporary African Photography
Spatial Stories: Topographies of Change in Africa

February 6 - April 4, 2015
Opening Reception Friday, February 6, 2015, 5 – 8pm

An exhibition of photography and photo-based work by African artists who address the social, political and physical evolution that is changing the figurative and literal landscape of Africa.

965 Santa Fe Drive, Denver CO 80204
http://www.metrostatecva.org/
303.294.5207
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Contemporary African Photography
Spatial Stories: Topographies of Change in Africa

“Every story is a travel story – a spatial practice... In reality, they organize walks. They make the journey, before or during the time the feet perform it.” Michel  de Certeau 

Spatial Stories: Topographies of Change in Africa addresses evolution of the figurative and literal landscape of Africa, played out through social,political and physical change. The exhibition features  contemporary, photo-based work that is atypical of the photojournalistic images often seen in the West.

Sammy Baloji – b. 1978, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo
Dineo Seshee Bopape – b. 1981, Polokwane, South Africa
Bruno Hadjih – b. 1954, Algeria
Pieter Hugo – b. 1976, Johannesburg, South Africa 
Mario Macilau – b. 1984 Maputo, Mozanbique Macilau Santu Mofokeng
Santu Mofokeng – b. 1956, Johannesburg, South Africa
Mikhael Subotzky – b. 1981, Cape Town, South Africa
Mwangi Hutter – Ingrid Mwangi: b. 1975, Nairobi, Kenya.
Robert Hutter: b. 1964, Ludwigshafen, Germany
Wangechi Mutu- b. 1972, Nairobi, Kenya
Guy Tillim – b. 1962, Johannesburg, South Africa
Ismail Bahri – b. Tunisia
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Events and Collaborations

1.  Wednesday, March 4 at the CVA, 5pm
In collaboration with MSU Denver Visiting Artist Scholar and Designer program, CVA 
will host a lecture by Abayomi Ola, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art
History at Spelman College. Dr. Ola's research focuses on visual satires of power in 
Africa and the African Diaspora. His publications include a 2013 book, Satires of Power 
in Yoruba Visual Culture, and a variety of essays and articles. Wednesday, March 4 at the CVA 5pm  

2. - April 1, 2015 at 5pm.
Artist Duo Mwangi Hutter will present a lecture considering the cultural influences in 
the their work. Co-sponsored by the MSU Denver Visiting Artist Scholar and Designer 
program. Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 5pm.

3. The Center for Visual Art’s student run Emerging Artist Gallery will feature an exhibition of photography-based works from Colorado artists. This exhibition will run concurrently with Spatial Stories.

4. The Art Department at MSU Denver will run an African art class concurrently with the exhibition. The course offers an introduction to the major monuments, trends, and issues of artistic production of the continent of Africa. It traces the historical relationships between regions, from the shores of the Mediterranean and the Nile Valley, the west and Ivory Coast, to the central regions and east and south to the Swahili Coast and the Cape. Students will investigate the social framework for important forms of visual culture in Africa including: masquerading, architecture, textiles, painting, figural sculpture, furniture, and photography. 

 

Earlier Event: February 4
Dona Laurita Gallery - Louisville Colorado
Later Event: February 12
Space Gallery GRAYS