Maputo, Mozambique, 2007 © Guy Tillim
Exhibition on view:
Avenue Patrice Lumumba: Photographs by Guy Tillim
Wednesday, April 29–Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Exhibition Opening & Book Signing
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 5:00 pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
11 Divinity Ave.
Avenue Patrice Lumumba, an exhibition by the award-winning South African documentary photographer Guy Tillim, opens this Wednesday. The exhibition documents grand colonial African architecture and the way it has shaped the contemporary urban environment in Africa. As the first recipient of the Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography at the Peabody Museum, Guy Tillim travelled around Angola, Mozambique, Congo and Madagascar to photograph his vision of colonialism in Africa. Even though people are peripheral objects in these photographs, the images retain their intimacy, as evidenced by the number of personal objects, like an umbrella, a book or a purse, that were left behind.
A selection of photographs from the series was featured in the winter 2008 issue of Aperture magazine.