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FotoFest Biennial Houston – African Cosmologies

Hundreds of independent art and museums spaces were forced to close due to the Corona-Crisis. While this brings particularly independent spaces and independent cultural producers to the edge of existential crisis, we would like to show solidarity. In this series we are celebrating all the fantastic artistic events that are right now sitting behind closed doors.

Installation view of Zina Saro Wiwa in the exhibition African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other at FotoFest Biennial 2020, Houston, TX. Photo: Emily Peacock. Courtesy of FotoFest, Houston, TX.

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This year’s FotoFest Biennial was supposed to take place March 8–April 19, 2020. FotoFest’s central exhibition, lecture, and film programs for the FotoFest Biennial 2020, AFRICAN COSMOLOGIES – Photography, Time, and the Other, explores artists from the continent and its global diaspora, linking notions of blackness untethered to the specificity of geography or chronology. The exhibition is curated by Mark Sealy, Director of the London-based Autograph ABP, an organization founded in 1988 to support black photographic practices, and dedicated to exploring identity, representation, human rights and social justice. Rather than being broad and encyclopedic, the exhibition will focus on themes of liberty, rights, and representation. A wide range of photographic and moving image media will be included.

Installation view of Aida Silvestri in the exhibition African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other at FotoFest Biennial 2020, Houston, TX. Photo: Emily Peacock. Courtesy of FotoFest, Houston, TX.

Installation view of Akinbode Akinbiyi in the exhibition African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other at FotoFest Biennial 2020, Houston, TX. Photo: Emily Peacock. Courtesy of FotoFest, Houston, TX.

Installation view of Bruno Boudjealal in the exhibition African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other at FotoFest Biennial 2020, Houston, TX. Photo: Emily Peacock. Courtesy of FotoFest, Houston, TX.

Installation view of Eric Gyamfi in the exhibition African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other at FotoFest Biennial 2020, Houston, TX. Photo: Emily Peacock. Courtesy of FotoFest, Houston, TX.

Installation view of Ernest Cole in the exhibition African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other at FotoFest Biennial 2020, Houston, TX. Photo: Emily Peacock. Courtesy of FotoFest, Houston, TX.

Installation view of Ernest Cole in the exhibition African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other at FotoFest Biennial 2020, Houston, TX. Photo: Emily Peacock. Courtesy of FotoFest, Houston, TX.

Installation view of Faisal Abdu’Allah in the exhibition African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other at FotoFest Biennial 2020, Houston, TX. Photo: Emily Peacock. Courtesy of FotoFest, Houston, TX.

Installation view of Rotimi Fani Kayode in the exhibition African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other at FotoFest Biennial 2020, Houston, TX. Photo: Emily Peacock. Courtesy of FotoFest, Houston, TX.

Installation view of Rotimi Fani Kayode in the exhibition African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other at FotoFest Biennial 2020, Houston, TX. Photo: Emily Peacock. Courtesy of FotoFest, Houston, TX.

Installation view of Leo Shobun Baile in the exhibition African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other at FotoFest Biennial 2020, Houston, TX. Photo: Emily Peacock. Courtesy of FotoFest, Houston, TX.

Installation view of Laura El Tantawy in the exhibition African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other at FotoFest Biennial 2020, Houston, TX. Photo: Emily Peacock. Courtesy of FotoFest, Houston, TX.

Installation view of Jean Depara in the exhibition African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other at FotoFest Biennial 2020, Houston, TX. Photo: Emily Peacock. Courtesy of FotoFest, Houston, TX.

Installation view of Jamal Cyrus in the exhibition African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other at FotoFest Biennial 2020, Houston, TX. Photo: Emily Peacock. Courtesy of FotoFest, Houston, TX.

Installation view of Sammy Baloji in the exhibition African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other at FotoFest Biennial 2020, Houston, TX. Photo: Emily Peacock. Courtesy of FotoFest, Houston, TX.

Installation view of Samuel Fosso in the exhibition African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other at FotoFest Biennial 2020, Houston, TX. Photo: Emily Peacock. Courtesy of FotoFest, Houston, TX.

Installation view of Santu Mofokeng in the exhibition African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other at FotoFest Biennial 2020, Houston, TX. Photo: Emily Peacock. Courtesy of FotoFest, Houston, TX.

Installation view of Santu Mofokeng in the exhibition African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other at FotoFest Biennial 2020, Houston, TX. Photo: Emily Peacock. Courtesy of FotoFest, Houston, TX.

Installation view of Zanele Muholi in the exhibition African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other at FotoFest Biennial 2020, Houston, TX. Photo: Emily Peacock. Courtesy of FotoFest, Houston, TX.

 

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