© 2012 - 2018 Michael Radford

Untitled (#1), Fragments, 2015, 6x6cm, Giclée print


J Audema was working at the end of the 19th century as a colonial administrator in the French Congo,
or The Republic of Congo as we now know it. His photographs document exotic representations of Africa.
We see plants, tribes, villages, portraits and houses. Audema’s photographs were a fabricated view,
he worked with his subjects to create a posed image. Sold as postcards, it could be said that they would
not been have so successful to the public if they were a true representation of reality. The image archive
had embedded the photographs into multiple images. By systematically saving the same part of each
photograph, we are now just left with banal fragments.