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Vision 2020: Contemporary Photographic Portraits at Mia

January 4, 2020 - June 14, 2020
Perlman Gallery (Gallery 368)
Free Exhibition

“Vision 2020” presents contemporary photographic portraits created by three groundbreaking photographers from Africa: Samuel Fosso of Cameroon, Nigeria, and the Central African Republic; Zanele Muholi of South Africa; and Omar Victor Diop of Senegal. Each photographer uses their bodily presence within the photograph to different ends, yet they hold a common interest in exploring the layered histories of race and gender within these disparate representations; in doing so, they offer insight into visual resistance, communal care, and self-affirmation. Through costumes, props, sets, and other devices, these photographers present expansive, critical views of the history of the medium—and, in turn, of their roles as authors of historical narratives.

Omar Victor Diop (Senegalese, b. 1980), Frédérick Douglass, 2015 (detail), pigment inkjet printing on Harman by Hahnemüle paper mounted on aluminum, the Linda and Lawrence Perlman Photography Endowment, 2019.25.1, © Omar Victor Diop