Sunday, June 29, 2008

African Photography In Amsterdam

An outstanding show of contemporary African photographs opened on Friday at the Stedelijk Museum - it's a must-see. The picture on the poster is by Nontsikelo 'Lolo' Veleko, from South Africa. My own favorite works were by Hentie van der Merve (South Africa) and Luis Basto (Mozambique).
I haven't returned to Sub-Saharan Africa since I left Kenya, via Zimbabwe and South Africa, at age 5. The show brought me back to a continent whose intense light, raw colors, and sublime nature I miss with all my heart.

21 comments:

karina said...

Supongo que vivir en Africa a esa edad tiene que dejarte una impresion muy fuerte.
Yo estuve mucho en contacto con la naturaleza de chica y eso me marco para siempre.
Mary-laure, sos profesora?que enseñas ahora? si es asi tus alumnos son muy afortunados.

MISS GLITZY said...

I won't miss it when I'll go back in Amsterdam. Thanks for the information.

Laura Neulat said...

I love what you say about Africa, its "intense light, raw colors, and sublime nature ". One line translates so much.

marie said...

you will have to visit africa sometime soon!
lots of memories :)

yasu said...

i think i can understand how nostalgic you feel. looking at these pictures through your eyes would probably mean so much more than to us. but for someone like me who know very little about africa, its also always fascinating to know another culture through photography

Octavine Illustration said...

it's amazing how a photograph can truly take you to a memory of your own. this looks like a wonderful exhibit. the photo shown is so alive with color. i love the yellow with the black and white.

Jill said...

Looks like you're having a great time in Amsterdam...how could you not?? I really like the poster of the ladies in orange and yellow...sounds like it was a great exhibition!

gracia said...

I would so enjoy seeing that exhibition...

Enjoy your day, g

jean-louis said...

Oui l'Afrique ou j'ai passe 17 ans de ma vie m'a profondement marque..
l'eau a coule sous les ponts depuis et meme mes annees en Asie ne me font jamais oublier ce continent.

Mary-Laure said...

KARINA - no soy profesora (pero fui profesora durante anos...). Varios alumnos son amigos, ahora.
Gracias por tus palabras tan lindas.
Donde viviste de chica, que estuviste en contacto con la naturaleza?

YASU - yes and with photography you see a different culture through the eyes of someone from that culture. That's why the show had no "classic" African images of elephants and nature but rather very personal views, mostly urban.

karina said...

En cordoba en un pueblo tan chiquito que no habia Iglesia,menos un cine, pero desde el jardin de la casa lleno de frutales y desniveles porque estaba en la sierra, se veian lagos y un valle.Divino
Enseñabas literatura?

thesil said...

Love the colours!

Anonymous said...

everyone i know who has spent an extended period on the the Continent....forever carries this flame...
nancy

Kwana said...

This looks like it would be wonderful to see. I love your take on it.

in the life said...

just wanted to let you know you've been added to my "fashionable reads" on my blog! check it out!
-maggie

tangobaby said...

I hope you'll be back to visit Africa again someday, and take us with you on your adventures.

The exhibit sounds lovely. I hope you are enjoying Amsterdam!

Anonymous said...

were you born in kenya?

Hila said...

Looks great!
I know the feeling of missing a place you grew up in - it becomes part of you doesn't it?

A World in a PAN said...

light, colors, nature, and also maize meal!

Mary-Laure said...

KARINA - eseñe literatura y sobre todo idiomas (francas e ingles).
Que lindo parace Cordoba... Nunca fui, pero en el Uruguay tambien, en el campo, uno se siente en contcacto con una naturaleza preciosa.

IN THE LIFE - oh Thanks You so much! I'll definitely check it out.

ANONYMOUS - no, I was born in Paris and then lived in Iran before moving to Kenya days after I turned 3!

HILA - did you not live in Australia when you were little? Were you living in Israel? You mention living there on your blog, but don't say when it was...

pierre said...

Une photo souvenir pose souvent un personnage et un décor...Ici le décor est sans profondeur et sans perspective... Du coup les personnages ressortent d'autant plus fort...