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The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture

Photographs from The Walther Collection

September 11 – December 8, 2019
Main Gallery and University Gallery
Guest Curator: Sandrine Colard

Drawn from the extraordinary holdings of The Walther Collection, The Way She Looks revisits the history of African photographic portraiture through the perspectives of women, both as sitters and photographers. Spanning the beginnings of colonial photography on the continent to the present day, the exhibition features contemporary works by female artists, including Yto Barrada, Jodi Bieber, Lebohang Kganye, Zanele Muholi, Grace Ndiritu, and Nontsikelelo “Lolo” Veleko alongside 1950s studio portraits by such important historical figures as Malick Sidibé and Seydou Keïta, and nineteenth-century prints, cartes de visite, postcards, and albums.



Opening Party
Wednesday, Sept 11 
6 – 8 pm

Exhibition Tours
Daily 2:30 pm

All events take place at the Ryerson Image Centre, unless otherwise noted.


Organized in collaboration with The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Germany and New York, USA. With generous funding from The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, New York.

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A young black woman in a yellow shirt, army pants, and heels, poses against a green wall, looking directly into the camera
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Nontsikelelo (Lolo) Veleko, Nonkululeko, 2003, pigment print © The artist. Courtesy the artist and Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg


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