African Photography: Thabiso Sekgala and Andrew Esiebo at the Walther Collection

The Walther Collection presents the second exhibition in its series on contemporary photography and video art from Africa and the African Diaspora. The first opened in fall 2015 with The Lay of the Land, a group show presenting photographic approaches to the postcolonial African cityscape. The new project is titled Close to Home at the Walther Collection Project Space until 23 April.

Presented thematically from 2015 to 2017, and expanding the collection’s longstanding focus on African photography, this program features a diverse range of emerging artists who are exploring new visions of social identity in Africa and the African Diaspora. It will culminate in spring 2017 with a major exhibition at The Walther Collection’s museum in Neu-Ulm, Germany, which will be accompanied by a catalogue co-published by Steidl.

The exhibition, “Vividly document[s] the flawed beauty of everyday life … the five young photographers in Close to Home represent a powerful new vision of portrait photography in Africa. The photographs of the late Thabiso Sekgala are included in the exhibition that explores intense social relationships through intimate portrayals of friends and family, in-depth accounts of eclectic sub-cultures and communities, or typological studies of professions.

Other photographers featured include Andrew Esiebo (Nigeria), Sabelo Mlangeni (South Africa), Mimi Cherono Ng’ok (Kenya) and Musa Nxumalo (South Africa) as they explore intense social relationships, vividly documenting the flawed beauty of everyday life.

This exhibition continues at The Walther Collection Project Space 526 West 26th Street, Suite 718 | New York City.

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