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Gallery Hengevoss-Dürkop Presents Planet Africa - Photography
Zwelethu Mthethwa, "Maidens Nr. 15", 80 x 100 cm, 2006, Diasec, Ed. 4

HAMBURG, GERMANY.- Gallery Hengevoss-Dürkop presents Planet Africa – Photography, on view January 9 through February 29, 2008. This exhibition is part of the project "Planet Africa - Carte Blanche" and presents seven photographical positions of six countries. It reveals, how the traditional studio-portrait-photography has more and more given way to a dedicated young black author photography.

The majority of the selected photographers are autodidacts, who improved their skills in workshops or in a group. One of them is Zaynab Toyosi Odunsi with her pictures of concerts and busstops, bars and billard saloons in nocturnal Lagos. Lagos, the fastest growing metropolis of the 21st century, is also the theme of Abraham Oghobase, whose everyday scenes are represented in "Mysterious Mind".

Another member of this group is Kokonyimi Mbowanga Maboke, who studied history. He calls his photos of the life of the river of Kinshasa "the other Kongo".

Fatogoma Silué is represented with "Young Patriots", "Rebels" and "Miliz", pictures of violence and counter-violence at the Ivory Coast. He works as a photographer for several African newspapers.

Just as Calvin Dondo, who studied in the capital of Zimbabwe at the "Haare Polytechnic". He teaches in workshops and curated numerous exhibitions in Zimbabwe. Among the most famous international photo artists are Zwelethu Mthethwa and Mohamed Camara.

The former was to be seen since the end of the nineties in most of the major exhibitions of African contemporary art. Both lastly took part in "Snap Judgements; New Positions in Contemporary African Photography" at the ICP New York.

After various performances in Germany, the gallery is the last stop of the exhibition, which arose within "AFRICOM 2004-2006". This is a project of the federal ministry for political education.

The exhibition was directed by Thomas Mank, atelier kultursysteme, Berlin and curated by Thomas Michalak, Berlin in cooperation with Ingo Taubhorn, Hamburg.

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