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MAGNIFICENT PHOTOGRAPHS (article first published : 1999-04-16)

The Alliance Française is hosting a superb photographic exhibition of black and white photographs by Angèle Etoundi Essamba, a Camerounian photographer now living in Europe who experiments with the black and white photographic medium and chooses her subjects accordingly.

Jean-Philippe Roy, director of the Alliance Française, believes that this affinity with the African and the European world may be the reason for her approach to her work. “Skilfully, she uses the black and white contrasts in such a way as to draw them into harmony,” he explains. “She does not play black against white, she does not play black-skinned people against white-skinned people. She plays Black with White. No doubt the feminine softness lends itself more to this successful blend. In the South African context, her approach has enormous symbolic significance.”

The collection of 27 magnificent photographs is definitely not to be missed. It runs at the Alliance Française until May 19. The gallery hours are Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 17h00. For details ring 23-9582.


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