A World in Common: Contemporary African Photography at Tate Modern

23.11.2023
Aïsha Diomandé

A World in Common: Contemporary African Photography at Tate Modern

23.11.2023
Aïsha Diomandé

A World in Common: Contemporary African Photography is currently on display at Tate Modern and seeks to showcase Africa’s mix of societies and historical narratives. A cultural treasure trove, the exhibition brings diverse approaches towards photography to our attention by spotlighting the incredible talent of 36 artists who span multiple generations.

Perceptively compiled by Osei Bonsu, Curator of International Art at Tate Modern, the comprehensive presentation of photography, film, and audio demonstrates a truly insightful examination of an ever-evolving continent. This deep dive comes to life via critical themes, including spirituality, identity, urbanism and the climate emergency, delving into multiple topics that shape Africa today.

Split into three sections across seven rooms, Identity and Tradition, Counter Histories, and Imagined Futures, each chapter guides visitors towards discovery, enabling a rich exchange of perspectives.

As a space where artists envision a shared future, ‘A World in Common’ takes inspiration from the Cameroonian philosopher Achille Mbembe, who emphasised that we must ‘think the world from Africa.’ With this as the focal starting point, the show takes us on a journey of Africa’s past, present and future to re-establish its global narrative. Moving beyond restrictive colonial representations, the show gives its audience a masterclass in the beauty of multiple realities that coexist simultaneously.

A World in Common: Contemporary African Photography. Until 14 January 2024.