This Friday on Al Jazeera’s new global talk show South 2 North, Redi Tlhabi chats to Professor Okwui Enwezo, a Nigerian art curator and critic, and two award-winning photographers: Nigerian George Osodi and South African Neo Ntsoma.
“Even though Africa is the fastest growing region in the world, a recent European survey shows that people still see Africa as the ‘Hopeless Continent’,” says Redi, who presents South 2 North from Johannesburg. “Poverty, famine, darkness, corruption and tribal wars… These are the thoughts one would have when gazing at images associated with Africa in most Western media. But what happens when Africans themselves begin to make images from their point of view? Can they reverse the negative stereotypes of Africa and Africans?”
Professor Enwezor is currently director of Haus der Kunst art museum in Munich, Germany. He has curated work for some of the world’s leading galleries, including The Guggenheim, The Tate Modern, and The Museum of Modern Art.
George is a former Fuji African Photographer of The Year Award winner, renowned for his hauntingly beautiful pictures of the oil devastation in the Niger delta. His current work focuses on Nigeria’s traditional monarchs and will be exhibited from10-27 October 2013 at Bermondsey Project in London.
Neo Ntsoma is the first woman recipient of the CNN African Journalist Award for photography, but she moved away from news into fashion because she didn’t want to reinforce African stereotypes.
George and Neo are both featured in Artscape: The New African Photography, currently screening on Al Jazeera.
Why have Western perceptions of Africa stayed the same, when so much change is taking place here? Where did these simplistic images of Africa come from and what political agenda did they serve? How is Africa viewed outside of the West? How can Africans claim back their narratives and start telling a fuller story? Should Africans even care what the West thinks?
Watch Redi ask the important questions on this week’s episode of South 2 North, which premieres at 19:30 GMT on Friday, 10 May 2013 and also screens Saturday at 14h30, Sunday 04h30 and Monday 08h30.
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Catch up on last week’s episode of South 2 North, where Redi discussed Nollywood:
Watch George’s episode on Artscape: The New African Photography: