Presence: Five Contemporary African Photographers
A new exhibition at The Photographers' Gallery showcases works by artists active in Mozambique, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, brought together under the umbrella of a new initiative, The Photographic Collective.
Presenting new and existing work by Amilton Neves Cuna, Anke Loots, Léonard Pongo, Mário Macilau and Nonzuzo Gxekwa, the exhibition is curated by Dr Julie Bonzon, founder of The Photographic Collective, in collaboration with Print Sales Gallery. The Photographic Collective is a not-for-profit enterprise which aims to bring visibility to artists living and working in Africa, especially those without gallery representation.
Encompassing social documentary, intimate portraits, still life and ethereal landscapes, the works on display illuminate diverse approaches to photography within an African context, offering a vivid insight into the wide range of practices, inquiries and key narratives shaping African photography today - from Leonard Pongo’s dreamlike landscapes that offer an alternative view of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Mário Macilau’s exploration of religious practices in contemporary Mozambique.