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Samuel Fosso: A Retrospective

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Important Update:

Museum Campus in Neu-Ulm will remain closed until Summer 2022 // Publications and Large Traveling Exhibitions in preparation.

In light of the increasing concerns and rapidly changing developments related to Covid-19, The Walther Collection closed its doors to the public in March 2020 – our priority being the safety of our visitors and staff worldwide.

Due to major construction work, the Museum Campus in Neu-Ulm will remain closed until Summer 2022. The exhibition Side by Side: Santu Mofokeng and David Goldblatt has been postponed until further notice.

In April 2022, the largest presentation of The Walther Collection’s holdings to date will take place in the main exhibition spaces at K21 of Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany. Inspired by the Collection’s inaugural exhibition Events of the Self, curated by Okwui Enwezor in 2010, the retrospective will present important aspects to Collection’s holdings while re-examining the critical developments that have taken place in photography and the Collection’s history. It will place works by African artists from three generations in a dialogue with works by modern and contemporary Western photographers. This reveals disruptions and gaps, but also continuities and parallels in a diverse history and practice of photography.

In July 2022, our Museum Campus in Neu-Ulm will reopen with Samuel Fosso: A Retrospective, the first comprehensive presentation of Fosso’s prolific oeuvre.

Additionally, we have some updates to our growing publication program. In 2020, a total of four books were published in collaboration with Steidl Verlag: two monographs dedicated to the work of Samuel Fosso, SIXSIXSIX and Autoportrait; our latest catalogue Imagining Everyday Life: Engagements with Vernacular Photography; and Photographs 1980s – now, the first major publication to present a selection of the work of South African photographer Jo Ractliffe. In November, the French edition of Autoportrait will be published to coincide with the opening of Samuel Fosso: A Retrospective at Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris.

A new book series is currently being established that will focus on individual volumes highlighting important socio-cultural matters of our time, and relevant art historical topics that form the basis of our exhibitions. Each volume will include essays by renowned curators and scholars. The Walther Collection Books series will publish its first volume, Beyond the Binary: Santu Mofokeng and David Goldblatt, this year.

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We are looking forward to welcoming you at the reopening of our Museum Campus in Neu-Ulm, in Summer 2022!

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Recent publication

TWC Imagining Everyday Life Cover

Imagining Everyday Life: Engagements with Vernacular Photography brings together 20 leading scholars and critics to consider vernacular photography. Defining vernacular photography by its social function rather than by its aesthetic features, the essayists reexamine these ordinary photographs in relation to power and ideology, as well as to gender, race, ethnicity, and sexuality in the communities from which they originated.

Edited by Tina M. Campt, Marianne Hirsch, Gil Hochberg, and Brian Wallis.

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Recent publication

Samuel Fosso AUTOPORTRAIT Cover 2019

Autoportrait is the first comprehensive survey of self-portraits by Samuel Fosso, one of the most significant African photographic artists working today. Since the mid-1970s, Fosso has focused on self-portraiture and performance, envisioning variations of identity in the postcolonial era, reflecting themes in global visual culture, and covering the range of expressive applications of the photographic medium.

Edited by Okwui Enwezor.

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Recent publication

Samuel Fosso SIXSIXSIX Cov

SIXSIXSIX is dedicated to an extraordinary series of 666 large-scale Polaroids by Samuel Fosso. Made in his Paris studio between October and November 2015, these portraits further emphasize the particular themes of performance and identity construction epitomized in Fosso’s earlier self-portraits. The impressive size and volume of this book, featuring an interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist, courses a new trajectory in Fosso’s work: an encounter with the camera that is unmediated, repetitive, unabridged, and effected over space and time.

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