The exhibition Y/OUR COLONIAL GAZE offers a glance into the impressive image archives of the Basler Afrika Bibliographien. On display are photographs from Namibia and South Africa of the 1950s and 1960s, taken by the German photographers Ruth Dammann and Anneliese Scherz as well as the Swiss journalist Hans Jenny.
What makes photography from the colonial period so problematic? How can we define and read colonial image aesthetics? Who decides on which photographs to show to a larger audience? Where do we draw limits to curiosity?
The conceptually designed exhibition experiments with artistic, curatorial and scientific perspectives. It presents narratives about the subjectivity and politics of selection processes, addresses challenges as well as the impossibility of presenting own stories by those people engaged with particular images, including the photographers themselves.
The exhibition opening is this Friday, 29th September at 6.30pm
Opening Hours of the Exhibition:
In October on Wednesdays and Fridays, from 12-7pm
The exhibition is also open on the following workshop days!
Thursday, 5th October: «Was ist koloniale Fotografie?” Workshop, in German, with Prof. Dr. Gesine Krüger (UZH), at 10.30am
Wednesday, 18th October: „Conversations with the Past. Personal and Cultural Photographs from the 1980s.“ Workshop with Biddy Partridge (south African photographer, London), at 6.15pm
Wednesday, 25th October: „Colonial Photography Archives and Visual History in Namibia.“ Workshop with Dr. Lorena Rizzo (Harvard), at 5pm
Friday, 27th October: Closing Event at 6pm
The exhibition was planned by students of the Universität Basel and the Archive of the Basler Afrika Bibliographien.