On April 11th, I’m in Stockholm as one of four keynote speakers at the launch of Africa is a Great Country, a photography exhibition by Jens Assur, taking place at Liljevalchs. I’ll be speaking alongside Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Richard Dowden and Hans Rosling and my speech is titled “Images of African women“.
Africa is a Great Country is about seeing Africa from alternative perspectives and challenging stereotypical images of Africa in the mainstream. Assur, who is one of Sweden’s most prominent and respected photographers and filmmakers, says, “We are constantly fed with images of how Africa is dying. I want to show how Africa lives.”
In order to do this, he has visited twelve African metropoles resulting in 40 super sized images (2.5 x 3.5 meter) depicting, for instance, hyper urbanisation; a rising middle class; mind blowing architecture, infrastructure and development of some of the largest urban and cosmopolitan areas. “The large format camera’s exceptional precision and scope draws the audience into each image, allowing them stand on the street corner in Dar es Salaam, step into the newly built suburbs of Kigali and take a ride at the amusement park in Gaborone.”
Africa is a Great Country opens 13 April at Liljevalchs in Stockholm and will later tour within Sweden and Africa during 2013-2014.
Will I see you there?
Hi! I’m Minna Salami. I’m a writer, blogger, columnist, lecturer and speaker and the founder of the feminist blog, MsAfropolitan, which connects feminism to contemporary culture from an Africa-centred perspective. I’ve been listed alongside Michelle Obama and Angelina Jolie as one of “twelve women changing the world” by ELLE and my work has been used as a resource and case study at universities around the world. Like what you just read? Sign up above to receive new posts directly in your inbox.