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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.

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Nontsikelelo (Lolo) Veleko, Nonkululeko, 2003, pigment print © The artist. Courtesy the artist and Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

Upcoming Exhibitions


Moyra Davey, EM Copperheads 1-150, Galerie Buchholz (detail), 2017, 150 chromogenic prints, tape, postage, ink. Courtesy the artist; Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne/New York; and greengrassi, London


Meryl McMaster, Lead Me to Places I Could Never Find on My Own, from the series As Immense as the Sky, 2019, chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist, Stephen Bulger Gallery and Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain


Adrian Raymer, Two of A Kind, 2018, inkjet print. Courtesy the artist