What happens when photography & research collide?

We are so pleased by the response to Kerstin Hacker’s photographic exhibition “Generation Z” currently open to the public here at the Centre of African Studies and African Studies Library.  It has made such a difference to our space not only aesthetically, but has provoked many conversations between people of all ages, backgrounds, and academic interests.

The private view for the exhibition was lively, entertaining, and beautifully captured by two of Kerstin’s third year photography students at Anglia Ruskin.


We even made it in to the superbly produced Cambridge Library Community Newsletter (EDITOR: Alina Wanitzek, UL ; COMPILATION: Laura Jeffrey, Wolfson College) !!



Kerstin gave a wonderful tour, which was followed by a captivating and practical discussion on Monday 29th October, describing the research practice involved in producing the photographic series Generation Z.  The key concepts I took away from her talk were: collaboration, networking, “visual self governance”, trust and relationships, research and knowledge of your concept, re-framing and challenging preconceptions, identity.

Kerstin will be presenting her paper:

GSI Seminar – National Identity: The colonial library, the ‘uncited’ image and the rise of visual self governance in Zambia, Photographing Generation Z

14 November 2018, 13:00 – 14:00 at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge campus

I would like to thank Judith Weik from Art@ARB, the Centre of African Studies, and of course the incredibly talented Kerstin Hacker for working together to make this wonderful exhibition happen here at the Centre & Library.

The exhibition will run to the 21st December, Monday-Friday, 09:00-17:00.  Please get in touch if you would like a tour, or more information!  


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