On View

Samuel Fosso: The Man with a Thousand Faces


On View

Shifting Dialogues: Photography from The Walther Collection

Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, K21, Düsseldorf, Germany

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Important Update:

Reopening of the Museum Campus in Neu-Ulm on Sunday, May 29, 2022.

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The Walther Collection is pleased to announce the reopening of the Museum Campus in Neu-Ulm, Germany on May 29 with the retrospective exhibition of photographic works by Samuel Fosso, one of the most renowned contemporary African artists working today. Samuel Fosso: The Man with a Thousand Faces is presented across two galleries of The Walther Collection’s White Cube, bringing together a wide-ranging selection of works from different series created over ­five decades: early black and white studio photography from the 1970s to 1990s is exhibited in the upper gallery and more recent bodies of work reflecting the artist’s personal trajectory, and his visual responses to global politics, are shown in the main gallery space.

The Museum Campus will be open Thursday to Sunday, 2 – 5 PM.

Private Guided Tours are available by appointment.

To read more about the exhibition, click here.

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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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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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Ractliffe cover front

Jo Ractliffe, Photographs: 1980s to now is the first book to present a comprehensive selection of the work of South African photographer Jo Ractliffe. Looking back over the past 35 years, it brings together images from major photo-essays, as well as early works that have not been seen before. Described by Okwui Enwezor as “one of the most accomplished and under-rated photographers of her generation,” Ractliffe started working in the early 1980s, and her photographs continue to reflect her preoccupation with the South African landscape and the ways in which it figures in the country’s imaginary—particularly the violent legacies of apartheid. In 2007 she extended her interests to the war in Angola and published three photobooks on the aftermath of that conflict and its manifestations in the South African landscape: Terreno Ocupado (2008), As Terras do Fim do Mundo (2010) and The Borderlands (2015).

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