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!  



“Bodies of the Earth” – photography exhibition @AfrStudiesLib & @CASCambridge

The “Bodies of the Earth” photography exhibition will run until the end of this month.  The exhibition can be viewed Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00 in the Centre of African Studies and its Library

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We are pleased to be collaborating with Afroshoot and the photographers Ussi’n Yala and Rachid Tagoulla on our first foray into using our walls to promote contemporary African photography!

For more information and examples of the work included, search for the #bodiesoftheearth on Twitter and Instagram, and see the Bodies of Earth Exhibition Catalogue

Event: Future Assembly Exhibition “It’s also a Solo Journey” and Artists’ Platforms, 29 April – 22 May 2016, London

New art initiative Future Assembly


Session One Exhibition and Public Programme

It’s also a Solo Journey, News of the world gallery, 50 Resolution Way, Deptford, London, SE8
4NT, 29 April to 22 May 2016

Artists’ Platforms, Diaspora and Transnational Exchange in the Digital Age: A Conversation,
Green Room, Chelsea College of Arts, London, 10 May 2016, 18.00-20.00

Picture courtesy of Logo Oluwamuyiwa, Monochrome Lagos (2013-) picture courtesy of Logo Oluwamuyiwa, Monochrome Lagos (2013-)

aquotesFuture Assembly, a new, London-based professional development platform for emerging artists from Africa and its Diaspora today announces its first Exhibition and Public Programme. Conceived and developed by curator Hansi Momodu-Gordon and supported by Arts Council England, Future Assembly aims to build a reputable alumnus of artists who will invigorate local and international art scenes with new perspectives. The first Future Assembly residency programme runs throughout April-May 2016 and the inaugural artist, selected in partnership with the African Artists’ Foundation is Lagos-based…

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Event: Red Africa, 4 February – 3 April 2016, London

Red Africa

A season on the legacy of cultural relationships between Africa, the Soviet Union and related countries during the Cold War

4 February – 3 April 2016

Picture courtesy of http://calvert22.org/ Picture courtesy of http://calvert22.org/

aquotesIntroduction to the Red Africa season

Calvert 22 is pleased to announce the launch of their new seasonal programme, Red Africa. Taking place from 4 February – 3 April 2016, Red Africa will comprise an exhibition, film screenings, talks and events exploring the legacy of the cultural relationships between Africa, the Soviet Union and related countries that flourished during the Cold War.

The season will present historical and contemporary responses to the geopolitical and cultural connections of African nations to the Soviet Union and related countries. Links were forged particularly during the second half of the twentieth century, as post-colonial power struggles drew support from the East and the West. The Soviet Union, Yugoslavia , Cuba and East…

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