Africa: see you, see me
In no other field is the conflict of power between subject and object, photographer and photographed, more obvious. Both of these persistent images of Africa - two points of view initiated in the nineteenth century: one fed by an estrangement that creates images of entropy and stagnation; and another the exotic, the virgin, the wild, the extravagant - agree on the geographic and cultural space that they occupy in the map of modern colonialism: without history, the Other, as the opposite of the image that we built for ourselves, Europe, is created in the same movement. What Awam Amkpa does in this clever and beautiful exhibition is to offer us a new environment of the imagination that inspires a more rational discourse about Africa, which contradicts the usual illusions. This is needed for ethical and epistemological reasons.