A World in Common: Contemporary African Photography @ Tate Modern, London

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Tate Modern, London // – January 14, 2024

Aida Muluneh Water Life Series, Star Shine, Moon Glow 2018 commissioned by WaterAid and supported by the H&M Foundation © Aida MulunehAida Muluneh Water Life Series, Star Shine, Moon Glow 2018 commissioned by WaterAid and supported by the H&M Foundation © Aida Muluneh

Atong Atem, Adut and Bigoa, The Studio Series, 2015 Ilford smooth pearl print; 840 × 590 mm © Atong Atem. Courtesy of MARS Gallery and Atong AtemAtong Atem, Adut and Bigoa, The Studio Series, 2015 Ilford smooth pearl print; 840 × 590 mm © Atong Atem. Courtesy of MARS Gallery and Atong Atem

Mario Macilau Mario Macilau “Breaking News” from The Profit Corner series 2015 © Mario Macilau

Dawit L. Petros Dawit L. Petros “Untitled (Prologue III), Nouakchott, Mauritania 2016 COurtesy of the artist and Tiwani Contemporary

George Osodi HRM Ogiame Atuwatse III, The Olu of Warri, 2022. From the series Nigerian Monarchs Digital C-print on paper 160 × 120 Courtesy of George Osodi and TAFETAGeorge Osodi HRM Ogiame Atuwatse III, The Olu of Warri, 2022. From the series Nigerian Monarchs Digital C-print on paper 160 × 120 Courtesy of George Osodi and TAFETA

Kiripi Katembo Kiripi Katembo “Avancer, Un regard” series 2008-2013 Kiripi Katembo, COurtesy Kiripi Katembo Siku Foundation & MAGNIN-A Gallery, Paris

Kudzanai Chiurai Kudzanai Chiurai “We Live in Silence IV” 2017, Courtesy of the artist and the Goodman Gallery © Kudzanai Chiurai

Kiluanji Kia Henda Rusty Mirage (The City Skyline), 2013 8 photographs; inkjet prints on paper 66.5 × 100 (each) Tate © Kiluanji Kia HendaKiluanji Kia Henda Rusty Mirage (The City Skyline), 2013 8 photographs; inkjet prints on paper 66.5 × 100 (each) Tate © Kiluanji Kia Henda

Sammy Baloji
Untitled 12, 2006 printed 2020
Tate © Sammy Baloji courtesy of the artist and Galerie Imane Farès
Photo © Tate (Joe Humphrys)Sammy Baloji
Untitled 12, 2006 printed 2020
Tate © Sammy Baloji courtesy of the artist and Galerie Imane Farès
Photo © Tate (Joe Humphrys)

Wura-Natasha Ogunji Wura-Natasha Ogunji “Will I still carry water when I am a dead woman?” 2013 Fridman Gallery © Wura-Natasha Ogunji. Photo Credit Ema Edosio

Bringing together a group of artists from different generations, a new exhibition at the Tate Modern addresses how photography, film, audio, and more have been used to reimagine Africa’s diverse cultures and historical narratives.

Moving beyond a traditional photography exhibition, A World in Common: Contemporary African Photography seeks to explore the many ways images travel across histories and geographies. Using themes of spirituality, identity, urbanism and climate emergency, the exhibition will guide the viewer through dream-like utopias and bustling cityscapes viewed from the artists’ perspectives.

The exhibition follows artists across the many landscapes, borders and time zones of Africa to reveal how photography allows the past and the future to co-exist in powerful and transformative ways.

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