© 2012 - 2017 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.