Huis Marseille and The Walther Collection (New York/Neu-Ulm) have joined forces to present a unique collection of African photography and video art, Recent Histories, featuring Michael Tsegaye's 'Future Memories' Series. African photography is at the heart of the collection policies of both institutes, and for this exhibition Huis Marseille has been able to make a broad selection from The Walther Collection’s exhibition of the same name that was shown in 2017 in Neu-Ulm. In Amsterdam, Recent Histories combines the recent work of young African photographers with the work of several generations of African photographers in the Huis Marseille collection and the Han Nefkens H+F Collection – from David Goldblatt (1930–2018), the ‘grand old man’ of South African photography, to Lebohang Kganye (1990), who finished her training in Johannesburg as recently as 2011. The exhibition brings together these photographers’ different perspectives on their countries and their continent. The themes that link their work are concerned with identity, migration, origins, and the legacy of colonialism, in relation to their own personal experiences.
The original exhibition in Neu-Ulm was accompanied by an extensive photo book that is also available in the Huis Marseille bookshop: Recent Histories: Contemporary African Photography and Video Art, Daniela Baumann, Joshua Chuang, Oluremi C. Onabanjo (eds.), New York/Neu-Ulm/Göttingen (The Walther Collection/Steidl), 2017.
Keizersgracht 401, 1016 EK
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
08 December 2018 - 03 March 2019