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For the first time ever Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac will be hosting a mixed medium exhibition to showcase a myriad of contemporary art forms (video, photography, installation and more). Following on from the museum's Photography Residencies program, which seeks to support artistic expressions which are not often visible in France. "Who is Gazing?" is a group exhibition featuring work by emerging and established artists from Africa, the Americas and Asia.
This exhibition presents twenty-six artists diverse in background, culture, disposition and art form. Heba Y. Amin (Egypt), Lek Kiatsirikajorn (Thailand) and Gosette Lubondo (Democratic Republic of Congo) are amongst some of the emerging artists featured. Lubondo's photography is inspired by her everyday surroundings as she explores mobility and the intersection between the past, present, people and places. In her "Imaginary Trip" series Lubondo revisits places of the past such as schools and carriages. Lubondo's subjects illustrate a parallel world between old and new, and how mobility is both an external and internal concept.
Some of the more established artists include Sammy Baloji (Democratic Republic of Congo), Dinh Q. Lé (Vietnam) and Samuel Fosso (Cameroon). Fosso is known for using self-portraits to comment on contemporary African culture and identity. Fosso's photographic work, "African Spirit", pays homage to iconic leaders in the Pan-African liberation movement, and in "SIXSIXSIX" he expresses his "misfortunes and good fortunes", where he references the Biafran war through a collection of 666 self-portraits.
"Who is Gazing" is sectioned into themes surrounding visual fragments of reality, allowing you to realise your identity through image, landscape stories and passages in time.
Words: Kunbi Oshodi
Gosette Lubondo, Imaginary Trip #15, 2016