© 2013 - 2019
Michael Radford

Fragments

Fragments brings together archival images originally photographed by
J Audema, a colonial administrator who was working at the end of the 19th century in the French Congo,
or The Republic of Congo as we now know it. Audema's photographs define textbook representations of the black body and the continent of Africa. We see plants, tribes, villages, portraits, mud huts.
All objects deemed quintessential
to the anthropological white gaze. Audema’s images construct a fabricated view, working with his subjects, while framing the photographs so one could not see the atrocities which were taking place at the time. By cropping and rephotographing the images, we are now left with banal fragments.

 
 
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